Release Date: Aug 15, 2008
Record label: Cuckundoo
Genre(s): Rock, Experimental
It’s entirely likely that there are no longer any adjectives at all which one can use to accurately and appropriately describe the music that has come to lay claim to the ‘post-rock’ handle without sounding utterly, exhaustedly clichéd. Epic, glacial, bombastic, majestic, cacophonous, soaring, spectral, glimmering, transcendent—all reside in the corner of the lexicon marked ‘Explosions in the Sky’, but also in the spot that a music reviewer dare use only tentatively, knowing full well that the Internet is jam-packed with overzealous scribes all eager to compare the latest Sigur Rós release to some beautiful snow-capped mountain range. Which makes writing about Vessels unduly tricky, because the five-piece are thoroughly deserving of the accolades, superlatives, and metaphors that have already lost their impact in being generously dished out to all and sundry.
Review Summary: The sun never sets on the British empire.Vessels have an uncanny ability to pair together things that normally do not go together. White Fields and Open Devices. “An Idle Brain and the Devil's Workshop.” John Congleton (producer of Explosions in the Sky) and a high bass mix. Tangible melodies and mathy rhythms.