Vessels return with the Elliptic EP, their first studio recording since their cover of James Holden'sremix of Nathan Fake's 'The Sky Was Pink' in 2012. The release comes as the latest stepping stone in the band's new musical direction. "We always talked about making the music more electronic, with more of a party vibe whilst still remaining a live band" says Lee J. Malcolm, a techno producer in his own right. "The people who have watched us over the years will have seen a steady influx of synths and other electronic devices creep onto stage. I think it was time to just embrace the idea fully and try something new."
A limited edition hand-stamped 12" is fronted by the behemoth of a track, 'Elliptic', the first results of a newfound relationship with producer Richard Formby (Spectrum, Wild Beasts, Darkstar) in his local analogue studio.
The reverse of the 12" features a cover of Modeselektor's 'Blue Clouds'. Drummer Tim Mitchellexplains, "'Blue Clouds' was originally chosen due to the interesting push and pull of the beat and its strong melodic hook. We have always been a rhythmically-orientated band and this track gave us something to get our teeth into. Using live drums really helps to bring the track alive and is great to play live."
The digital EP also contains a radio edit of 'Elliptic' as well as the live staples of 2013, 'Myopic Biopic' and 'Come Out Of The Sky And Fight This'.
1. A. Elliptic
2. B. Blue Clouds
3. Myopic Biopic
4. Come Out Of The Sky And Fight This
5. Elliptic (radio edit)
Here are all the confirmed shows so far (full details below):
Sat 12th Oct - Simple Things, BRISTOL (with Modeselektor & Jon Hopkins)
Fri 1st Nov - Ekko Festival, BERGEN, Norway (with Mykki Blanco, Actress & Philip Jeck)
Thu 7th Nov - Sound Control, MANCHESTER (with From The Kites Of San Quentin)
Mon11th Nov - Stylus, LEEDS (with Public Service Broadcasting & Galaxians)