Vessels — Dilate¿♦ Odklonem od kytar, které byly přítomny na jejich dřívějších albech, skupina se zaměřila především na elektroniku. Propůjčují si těžce disonantní akordy a sekvence typické pro Math–rock. Vessels nemusí nutně přinést něco drasticky odlišného do elektronického žánru, Dilatace je přesto fascinující záznam. Léta práce, které šly do něj, svědčí o přesnosti alba a promyšlené stimulaci, zajišťující, že je zde něco, co se dá poslouchat jako celek. Vessels udělali odvážný krok v experimentování se zvukem a rozšíření stylu nejen dokazuje, že to bylo správné rozhodnutí, ale naznačuje, že je před sebou mají mnohem víc.
¿♦ Emocionálně to zatím nedělá se mnou vůbec nic, ale už zítra budu u tohoto díla umírat. Opravím se: při “On Your Own Ten Toes” umírám už teď.
Location: Leeds, Britain , UK
Album release: March 2, 2015
Record Label: Bias
01 Vertical 5:54
02 Elliptic 8:49
03 Echo In 3:22
04 As You Are 4:12
05 Attica 6:40
06 On Monos 6:45
07 Glass Lake 6:22
08 On Your Own Ten Toes 7:22
09 Beautiful You Me (Bonus Track) 5:27
10 Recovery (Vessels Remix) Rival Consoles 7:35
11 Young Wolf (Vessels Remix) Satellite 6:59
12 On Tap (Vessels Remix) Harry Wolfman 5:59
13 All Her Colours (Vessels Remix) Pick a Piper 6:15
14 Tor Kel Sen (Vessels Remix) Torkelsen 7:15
15 Midnight On the Hill (Vessels Remix) Maxd´mo Park 4:11
♠ Lee J. Malcolm
♠ Martin Teff
♠ Tim Mitchell
♠ Tom Evans
♠ Peter Wright
♠ Format: Limited Edition Double Vinyl LP + CD, Record/Vinyl
♠ Includes a copy of the full album on CD. Cut using high quality 24–bit audio files.
♠ ‘Dilate’, produced by Richard Formby (Spectrum, Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Darkstar), has been released in March 2015.
By Andy Baber | Posted on 3 Mar 2015 | Score: ****
♠ With the release of the Elliptic EP in 2013, Leeds five–piece Vessels gave their fans a long–awaited glimpse into the direction they would be heading in for their third album. Moving away from the guitars that were present on their earlier records, the EP suggested that the band would be focusing largely on electronics. It also appeared to strip back some of the many layers of sound that graced their last record, 2011’s Helioscope.
♠ Although the band’s second record was well–received, its pummeling post–rock invited obvious comparisons to bands such as Explosions In The Sky or Mogwai. While that is by no means a bad thing, Helioscope — and to a much lesser extent, debut album White Fields and Open Devices — often sounded like Vessels were overcomplicating things. That is not the case on third album Dilate, though, which arrives four years on with a lot of expectation.
♠ Opener Vertical delivers a perfect, tension–filled introduction to the eight tracks that make up the album’s 50–minute running time, continuing in many ways from where the Elliptic EP left off. The song builds slowly over six minutes, with new layers constantly being added, starting with a repetitive beat and a taut, throbbing synth. As it rumbles on the stakes begin to rise and it concludes with a spell–binding cacophony of sound.
♠ An almost seamless transition is then made into the one track that did make it on to Dilate from the EP that started this new journey, Elliptic. It’s not hard to see why it made the cut, either, with its mesmerising rhythm leaving no doubt about Vessels’ ability to transform their sound from post–rock to electronic over nine engaging minutes. The intensity of the percussion, in particular, is almost reminiscent of Jon Hopkins.
♠ The intensity is kept up on Attica, where Vessels really start to flex their muscles. ¿→ Beginning with an ominous synth beat that gradually grows, the song is a sweeping epic that demonstrates how effective the band can be when they simplify matters. It is a common theme throughout the record, with Echo In another example of Vessels’ new textural outlook, moulding a number of delicious melodies together to create an intoxicating end product.
♠ On Monos, which was released as a single, is another album highlight, making the most of pulsating synths and sporadic vocals from Snow Fox, who adds a heavenly touch of class to the quintet’s sound. While On Monos is a relaxing interlude, Glass Lake ramps up the tension once again. The track initially sounds like it’s stuck on repeat, before it unravels into a devilishly dark synth beat — complete with clattering drums.
♠ Yet for all of its strengths, Dilate falls short of being a great record. In the grand scheme of things, Vessels are not doing anything particularly new — even though their electronic transformation is a different direction for them. As You Are is the most obvious example of the band falling into electronic tropes, with the female vocals adding very little to the rather forgetful composition.
♠ However, while Vessels may not necessarily bring anything drastically different to the electronic genre, Dilate is still a captivating record. The years of work that have gone into it are evidenced by the album’s precision and thoughtful pacing, which ensures that it is something to be listened to as a whole. Vessels took a bold step in experimenting with their sound and Dilate not only proves it was the right decision, but suggests there is much more to come.
By Chris Canavan | 04 Feb 2015 | Score: 3.5/5
By Julian Marszalek, February 27th, 2015 14:02
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♠ Image courtesy of http://hootingandhowling.com/
¿→ The transition has been almost seamless. What makes it all the more remarkable is that every bit of it is played live. Perhaps even more remarkably, they’ve brought their original audience with them, expanding it in the process. Maybe these musical worlds are not so far removed after all.
¿→ For those with an ear to the ground, it should come as no surprise that Vessels have arrived at this point. Crowd reactions to live covers of James Holden’s remix of Nathan Fake’s ‘The Sky Was Pink’ and Modeselektor’s ‘Blue Clouds’ spurred them on to embrace a more kinetic approach with their own music. The ‘Elliptic’ EP followed; the title track getting picked up by Berghain residents Barker & Baumecker for a stunning minimal remix (since featured on Tensnake’s Ibiza 2014 compilation). Since then they’ve remixed artists as diverse as Harry Wolfman, Nils Frahm, Maxïmo Park, Rival Consoles and Pick A Piper, cemented by a Leeds club DJ residency.
¿→ Vessels have graced stages at legendary Berlin techno club Berghain, Beat Herder, Beacons, Glastonbury and Simple Things. Like Jon Hopkins, Moderat and Caribou before them, the band have pulled off the elusive trick of translating their intricate, sometimes epic, always uplifting studio creations to the live arena. The world is theirs for the taking.