The transformation is complete. After four years of incremental musical evolution, Vessels emerge into the light with a brave and brilliant new sound, masterfully fusing the widescreen builds and elegant breakdowns of their previous work with altogether more physical electronic rhythms.
With their new album Dilate, the band are firmly focussed on the euphoria of the dancefloor. Always a consummate live act, recent performances have been an unholy communion, two drummers front and centre, band and audience feeding off each other’s energy.
The transition has been almost seamless. What makes it all the more remarkable is that every bit of it is played live. Perhaps even more remarkably, they’ve brought their original audience with them, expanding it in the process – maybe these musical worlds are not so far removed after all.
For those with an ear to the ground, it should come as no surprise that Vessels have arrived at this point. Vessels have graced stages at legendary Berlin techno club Berghain, as well as some of the best festivals on the planet. Like Jon Hopkins, Moderat and Caribou before them, the band have pulled off the elusive trick of translating their intricate, sometimes epic, always uplifting studio creations to the live arena. The world is theirs for the taking.