Vessel, the pseudonym of BristolianSebastian Gainsborough, has announced their new album,Queen of Golden Dogs, to be releasedNovember 9th (digitally)andNovember 23rd (physically)viaTri Angle Records. The first single from the album, “Argo (For Maggie),” is available to stream now.
Queen of Golden Dogs – the third album from Vessel – was conceived, developed and rendered into life over eighteen months of solitude in rural Wales. In essence, it is an exploration of living a life devoted to uncertainty, curiosity and change.
Influenced by a range of writers, the painter Remedios Varo, and a new love, the album is a marked departure from Vessel’s previous work. The world of QoGD is saturated with colour; oscillating between grief, bombast and fierce joy, this is music shot through with both sincerity and irreverence.
Whilst traces of his sonic signature remain, there is much changed since Vessel’s second album, Punish, Honey. An infatuation with chamber music brought about in collaboration with his violinist lover, and a voice given by singerOlivia Chaneyleave strong impressions, providing landmarks in a world that is essentially about the joys of difference.
“Fantasma (For Jasmine),” a prologue of sorts, careens from bent cello to blunt force percussion and billowing synthesizers, dispersing into the harmonically restless lament of “Good Animal (For Hannah),” providing the album with the first of its many purposefully uncomfortable segues. Ideas of transformation are regularly explored internally within individual pieces, as well as across the album as a whole, dominated by unpredictable shifts in tone. The probing string swells of “Argo (For Maggie)” give way to throbbing bass and slippery rhythms, which twist briefly into an almost pop leaning chorus before a barrage of fuzzy drums lead to one of the albums most straightforwardly techno moments. The layered voices of “Torno-me eles e nau-eu (For Remedios)” offer the most overt example of Vessel’s move towards classical forms. Using chromaticism, dissonance and sweetness, he explores a space that seemingly refuses to resolve, although eventually revealing itself as an extended reflection of album centerpiece “Paplu Love That Moves The Sun.”
“I wanted to make this work to realize experiences that I thought I had already had. Quite quickly I realized that I was reaching too far; and because I wanted so much more I had to give more. I often think that the writing was mutual.”– Vessel
“I become them and stop being I” – Fernando Pessoa
Vessel Live: Fri. Nov. 2 – Torino, IT @ Club To Club
Queen of Golden DogsTracklist: 1. Fantasma (For Jasmine) 2. Good Animal (For Hannah) 3. Argo (For Maggie) 4. Zahir (For Eleanor) 5. Arcanum (For Christalla) 6. Glory Glory (For Tippi) 7. Torno-me eles e nau-eu (For Remedios) 8. Paplu Love That Moves The Sun 9. Sand Tar Man Star (For Auriellia)