Vessels have teamed up with The Flaming Lips for their new single ‘Deflect The Light’- and it’s available to listen to now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
The Leeds-based five piece Vessels have taken the track from their upcoming fourth studio album, ‘The Great Distraction’, which is due to be released on 29 September 2017 via Different Recordings.
Featuring collaborations with John Grant, Vincent Neff (Django Django), Harkin (Sky Larkin) as well as The Flaming Lips, ‘The Great Distraction’ is Vessels’ most ambitious record to date, and marks further evolution of a band always exploring new avenues of expression.
‘Deflect The Light’, is the second single to be revealed from ‘The Great Distraction’, following muscular first single ‘Radiart’. The last track to be completed for the album, ‘Deflect The Light’ is as potently euphoric and psychotropic a collaboration with The Flaming Lips as you could hope for.
“Working with The Flaming Lips was a highlight of this whole process,” says the band’s Pete Wright.
“There is no facade; Wayne Coyne lives and breathes the very same eccentricity and optimism that pervades The Flaming Lips’ music, and our entire correspondence start to finish has been a torrent of enthusiasm and silliness.
“They latched on to the spirit of the music we sent and then amplified it a thousand times over, drenching it in their unmistakeable identity but never eclipsing ours. I am so proud of what we made together.”
While celebrated third album ‘Dilate’, and the breathtaking live shows that accompanied it, were characterised by a definitive electronic shift, ‘The Great Distraction’ is about much more than a desire to go four-to-the-floor. It forcefully delivers on that premise in the widescreen power of opener ‘Mobilise’, in the dark energy of the pulsing ‘Position’, and in the deep build-up of ‘Gløwer’, but some notable collaborations represent another impressive step forward in Vessels’ determined progression.
“We’re really aiming to create a living, breathing human version of electronic dance music. There isn’t anything more honest and organic than the human voice. The vocals should be an extension of the music we make and also add something new or interesting,” says Martin Teff.
The results stand tall amongst Vessels’ typically towering slow-burners as Wayne Coyne’s vocal soars towards the clouds on ‘Deflect The Light’, Vincent Neff’s presence adds to the powerful dramatics of ‘Trust Me’, and John Grant imbues ‘Erase The Tapes’ with characteristically austere beauty. “He has such a distinctive voice,” muses Martin, “he really inspired us to create something totally new.”
Where those collaborations embody the hallmark of a band pushing forward, it’s the unrelenting, hypnotic intensity of tracks like ‘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.
Vessels are Lee J. Malcolm, Martin Teff, Peter Wright, Tim Mitchell and Tom Evans.