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- The Elliptic EP by Vessels
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I hope you like our new direction. The last time I saw Vessels was many years ago. Drunk as an idiot I had to scramble out of the room as their post/prog twiddling did unspeakable things to my ears. Thankfully we have both moved on since then and its a testament to Vessels that they have altered the course of their music so drastically without hiding behind the obligatory name change, soldiering on regardless.
My initial reaction to seeing this 12” was to attempt to pass it onto one of our most post/math rock reviewers but things have a way of turning out for the best as guess what? ‘Elliptic’ is drop dead superb. The first fruits of a collaboration with reclusive recording genius Richard Formby the track is an 8 minute electronic tour de force. Lets not beat about the bush this is completely different from their earlier work and all the better for it. Starting off with 4/4 kick drum and warm synths the electronic idyll is soon joined by live drumming and eventually a big fat housey bass line. The track veers through several sections including a pumping synthy climax before the most fantastic percussive outro.
Vessels here have done that thing which has eluded many bands over the years, recording electronic based music with the feel of a live band, the finished result coming in somewhere betwixt Fuck Buttons, Fourtet and Tortoise. On the B side to show their versatility they cover Modeselektor’s ‘Blue Clouds. Its excellent. Over fat synths and cut up guitars the live drumming adds an extra element giving an exciting fresh appeal to the track. The playing is just spot on and its wonderfully, warmly recorded. A great release that shouldn’t be overlooked and..... yes, I do like their new direction.
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