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VESSELS
DEFLECT THE LIGHT
(FEAT. THE FLAMING LIPS)
 (single taken from The Great Distraction, out 29 September 2017 through Different Recordings)

“Vessels sound like a band widening their horizons to impressive effect” Q
“Panoramic and pounding… nothing short of epic” DJ Mag
“Dancefloor driven, unbridled and euphoric” Clash

‘Deflect the Light’ is the second single from Vessels’ forthcoming album The Great Distraction, which is due for release on 29 September via Different Recordings.

“It is always brave of any young artist to ask The Flaming Lips to collaborate with them,” The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne told The Fader. “Usually we (The Flaming Lips) just take over the whole song. Ha. But Vessels has magnificently kept us at bay and they’ve created a swirling hypnotic vibe for our little story to live in!”

Listen to ‘Deflect The Light (feat. The Flaming Lips)’ here

The Great Distraction is a major evolution in Vessels’ musical history, also featuring collaborations with John Grant, Vincent Neff (Django Django) and Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin).

Where those collaborations embody the hallmark of a band pushing forward, it’s the unrelenting, hypnotic intensity of instrumental tracks like first single ‘Radiart’ and the fragmented, complex beauty of ‘Radio Decay’ that anchor Vessels’ essential evolution in core elements of their past. “A few of the longer instrumental tracks on the album strike a balance between long, dirty, polyrhythmic techno and the math-rock, post-rock band we used to be, and that’s never left us,” says drummer Tim Mitchell.

In that respect, The Great Distraction represents a band analysing its own meaning and balancing the stark realities of life, death and ageing with the explosive bursts of energy that have been a signature, albeit in different styles, across every album.

 

THE GREAT DISTRACTION IS OUT FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2017

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