|Following the recent announcement of their fourth studio album The Great Distraction, due out September 29th 2017 via Different Recordings and the sharing of track “Deflect The Light” feat. The Flaming Lips, Leeds-based Vessels are pleased to share new track “Mobilise”.
Speaking about “Mobilise” to XLR8R, the band say: “’Mobilise’ feels like the heart of the album and the band. It has an energy that captures everything we’re about with its locking polyrhythms and sense of yearning – full of hope and melancholy. We definitely get the shivers when we play it live, and the bliss out section in the middle is a highlight of the set.”
Featuring collaborations with The Flaming Lips, John Grant, Vincent Neff (Django Django) and Harkin (Sky Larkin), The Great Distraction proves Vessels’ most ambitious record to date and marks further evolution of a band always exploring new avenues of expression.
While celebrated third album Dilate, and the breathtaking live shows that accompanied it, were characterized by a definitive electronic shift, The Great Distraction is about much more than a desire to go four-to-the-floor. It forcefully delivers on that premise in the widescreen power of opener “Mobilise”, in the dark energy of the pulsing “Position”, and in the deep build-up of “Gløwer”, but some notable collaborations represent another impressive step forward in Vessels’ determined progression.
“We’re really aiming to create a living, breathing human version of electronic dance music. There isn’t anything more honest and organic than the human voice. The vocals should be an extension of the music we make, and also add something new or interesting,” says Martin Teff.
The results stand tall amongst Vessels’ typically towering slow-burners as Wayne Coyne’s vocal soars towards the clouds on “Deflect The Light”, Vincent Neff’s presence adds to the powerful dramatics of “Trust Me”, and John Grant imbues “Erase The Tapes” with characteristically austere beauty. “He has such a distinctive voice,” muses Martin, “he really inspired us to create something totally new.”
It’s a sense of reflection that inadvertently applied to how The Great Distraction got its title – with the band looking inwards, as well as outwards, inspiration came from an unexpected source. “The title came from a misheard lyric that John Grant had written,” Martin admits. “To us, it resonates in a few different ways. Personally, I like art that has a slower impact like that.”
It’s a sentiment that, in many ways, perfectly sums up Vessels’ persistent patience. Now four albums and over a decade into their shape-shifting life as a band, it would be easy to say The Great Distraction is the decisive culmination of the time and effort it’s taken to reach this point. It’s not, because in Vessels’ gloriously ceaseless search, this feels like a beginning.
“We’re always learning and trying new stuff, and the set-up has evolved as the records have evolved,” explains Vessels’ producer and principal songwriter Lee J Malcolm. “The exploration of sound to me is so exciting and that, for me, is the catalyst for everything.
Pete agrees: “Lee once said that ‘it’s a puzzle we might not solve’, but this, this feels like we’ve landed on something.”
Vessels are Lee J. Malcolm, Martin Teff, Peter Wright, Tim Mitchell and Tom Evans. They will be touring Europe this fall.
VESSELS FALL TOUR DATES:
09/30 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social
10/03 Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10/04 London, UK @ Village Underground
10/05 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
10/06 Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
10/07 Glasgow, UK @ Art School
10/14 Paris, FR @ Batofar
10/18 Amsterdam, NL @ ADE
10/19 Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
10/20 Antwerp, BE @ Het Bos
10/26 Berlin, DE @ Prince Charles
10/27 Hamburg, DE @ Kleiner Doner
10/28 Cologne, DE @ Artheater
11/01 Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
11/02 Madrid, ES @ Siroco