As expected, Marcelus's debut album for Tresor, Vibrations, is expertly executed. On a macro level, it sounds methodical, complete and highly polished. Digging deeper uncovers zings, pings and textures with subtle intonations, as heard on opener "Initial Sense," "Same Where, Different When" and the quivering title cut. Those tracks are among a small handful of peaks in the recursive, molecular landscape that Vibrations otherwise inhabits.
After two spooling efforts, "Steel Drums" courts a peak-time moment with mathematical precision. It's an algorithmic work, as are the likes of "Funky Datas" and "Jungle Electroniquem" and their cool expressions of pure functionality can become a bit tedious after extended plays. Over ten minutes long, "Multiply" could have easily fallen prey to this, too, but its groove is more inviting than the rest. It's a loop you can become lost in.
But overall Vibrations can't shake this calculated feeling. As its title suggests, "Meta Jam" is a self-involved, self-referential work of engineering. It's about processes and patterns that have tiny, barely detectable inflections—all rewarding on a technical level but lacking the soul of older Marcelus tracks like "Shine." And that issue is emblematic of Vibrations. There are glimmers of life in the album's atmospheric moments, such as closer "Fear Is Gone," but Vibrations mostly favors cold precision.