Vessel
Queen of Golden Dogs


4.1
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
December 10th, 2018 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A tour de force of all things electronic, ambient, danceable, and classical.

Queen of Golden Dogs is a nine-track experimental/electronic record that features a jarring blend of aesthetics. One moment, you’ll be plunging your senses into a whirlpool of eclectic IDM ideas, such as the string-accented beats and rhythms of ‘Fantasma (For Jasmine)’. The next, you may find yourself dancing uncontrollably, convulsing to a mutilated club remix like ‘Glory Glory (For Tippi).’ Bridging all of the jolting directional changes are these soft reprieves – the serene ambience of ‘Good Animal (For Hannah)’ and the delicate, classically-influenced ‘Arcanum (For Christalla).’ Queen of Golden Dogs mixes shadowy, foreboding dubstep with frenetic synths and elegant, orchestral movements. It feels like being trapped in an eighteenth century ballroom with a maniacal composer from the future.

Vessel’s third full-length is beautiful in strange ways, contorting vocal samples and wrapping them around acoustic chamber instruments. The operatic ‘Torno-me eles e nau-e (For Remedios)’ even foregoes the latter, lending certain moments here a distinctly haunting aura. The progression of the album is smoother than it should be too, especially when considering its broad artistic scope and liberal inclusion of secondary and tertiary instruments. Sebastian Gainsborough (the sole man behind Vessel) injects Queen of Golden Dogs with timely doses of melodic prevalence to keep things from plummeting into utter discord, perhaps no more notably than on the adventurously warm ‘Paplu (Love That Moves the Sun).’ The entire experience pushes forth with the zeal of a composer at the end of his nerve, yet the musical intelligence of someone knowingly crafting his masterpiece – a tour de force of all things electronic, ambient, danceable, and classical.

This is an album that slowly loses its mind. By the time the ghastly, apparition-like aah’s meet their sprawling, droned-out ambient counterparts on ‘Sand Tar Man Star (For Aurellia)’, it’s too late for sanity. A non-household album by an oft-overlooked electronic artist/producer, Queen of Golden Dogs is an intriguing, mysteriously intelligent dark horse of a record. Fans of broader electronic/experimental pieces, prepare to be delighted in the delirious lunacy of Vessel’s apex-to-date.




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SowingSeason
Moderator
December 10th 2018


31436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Hope you didn't finalize your 2018 list yet!

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ProjectFreak
December 10th 2018


3749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

okay yeah I was going to check this before I saw it was a Sowing rec...and now I'm DEFINITELY checking it. Loving Fantasma so far.



Great work as always, Sowing, but reordering my year-end list is going to be enough work, and here you go adding more fun stuff to it...

ThanksForBlanks
December 10th 2018


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES!!! I was waiting for someone to review this. ‘Paplu’ is a total SOTY. Not sure that I’m a huge fan of the longer classical pieces, mostly because the electronic pieces are so BANGIN, but I’ll have to give more attention to them. Pos

ProjectFreak
December 10th 2018


3749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Paplu rules for sure, and agreed that the classical pieces kinda get in the way of the really, really good electronic bits

anatelier
December 10th 2018


2818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

enjoyed this one, feels like a baby cousin to blanck mass’ world eater though

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 10th 2018


31436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Sweet glad you all dig. I still enjoyed the classical stuff although I'll concede that the electronic moments are easily better.

Demon of the Fall
December 11th 2018


11391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm enjoying this, maybe a touch unfocused at times but generally it's a blast.

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SowingSeason
Moderator
December 11th 2018


31436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Nice. Excited to see a handful of ya'll enjoying this. Paplu is definitely my favorite.

CompostCompote
December 11th 2018


1022 Comments


Album art looks just like my debutante coming out.

JS19
December 13th 2018


7222 Comments


I saw this guy in a basement a bit back and now he's huge wtf

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SowingSeason
Moderator
December 13th 2018


31436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

lol that's awesome

always cool to see an artist before they ascend

Storm In A Teacup
December 16th 2018


26593 Comments


lots of band and albums called Vessel it seems

Demon of the Fall
December 16th 2018


11391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah not sure this is better than the ‘White Fields’ Vessels (post-rock) album I’ve got.

osmark86
December 17th 2018


9086 Comments


will czech for sure.

"lots of band and albums called Vessel it seems"

it is a nice word. vessel. rolls off the tip of the tongue quite nicely.

anatelier
December 17th 2018


2818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

vessel is my favourite aston villa player

DDDeftoneDDD
December 23rd 2018


5782 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Also the purpose of the vessel is nice. Demon and osmark - are you on all threads from sput?

PS - enjoying the first few tracks

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DDDeftoneDDD
December 23rd 2018


5782 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Ok in the end I feel I learned something with this

GhandhiLion
December 27th 2018


4908 Comments


dam Paplu is amazing

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Hawks
January 1st 2019


72270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About to jam this ahrd.

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Hawks
January 8th 2019


72270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Average for this blowz, album is sick.



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