They’ve been around for a while - they make our bodies work, in fact. This year, Vessels bring us a new sound, something they claim to have been working towards without realizing, Dilate focusing on our shared love for techno. How does it sound? Don't let us tell you what to think! Find out for yourself!
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- DIFU275DLP / 180g gatefold 2LP edition on Different. Includes bonus track and FaltyDL Remix + download code for remixes of '4AM'by Throwing Snow, Len Faki and LV
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It shouldn’t take anything away from Vessels brand of electronic post rock that they’d have surely been one of the best bands of 2005. They create a music that was at one point everywhere but is rarely spotted now - namely complicated, mathy, electronica with live drums. It’s very well executed - the beats are tight, the melodic bass lines are wonderfully fat and they know all about dynamics.
The fact that these guys rehearse next door and we regularly hear them through the walls tells us that they’ve spent ages nailing this sound. All traces of their former life as a well-liked progressive math-rock band have been swept away in a sea of triumphant synths and polyrhythmic drumming - it’s big, it’s bold, it’s at times beautiful. This really isn’t that far away from what the likes of Fuck Buttons have been doing over the last few years. It’s just with added post rock that’s all. They start and end with the best tracks. ‘Vertical’ opens with a pummelling drum pattern and ghostly voices - it’s arranged as all good electronica should be with little earworms coming into the mix on different bars setting you up for the jump over the cliff which comes three minutes in with a pounding 4/4 beat. The following ‘Elliptic’ has a gentle teasing melody built around layers of percussion and staccato synths. Fast forward to the closer ‘On Your Own Ten Toes’ which marries glassy synths with full on Jaki Liebezeit style drumming to create a burst of electronic euphoria. In between times Vessels are at times caught between a rock and a hard place. A full album of instrumental electronica could sound samey yet the vocal tracks they introduce aren’t quite as impressive -certain tracks drift into The Orb territory and one or two tracks pass by without registering.
It’s not without its faults and probably best heard loud and live but this is a bold move forward for the band and if loads of you out there don’t love this - I’ll eat my computer.
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