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Queen of Golden Dogs

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Yokna Hasegawa 舜若多 長谷川億名 Gargantuan songs like hidden historical music as heretical doctrine, but also full of cutting-edge mystery like quantum dynamism or OOPArt's destiny wandering around the world.
Also there are moments that I feel like listening to voices of pure elements that live super future age. They don't have the form, and different from us. But they still sing love song each other from distant dimension trans universe. I thought that Vessel hears everything's voice and make music with soils on earth. Favorite track: Zahir (For Eleanor).
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PA wonderfully inventive. RIP Tri-Angle Records.
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Source Invisible Absolutely stunning, can't recommend this album enough! Favorite track: Paplu (Love That Moves the Sun).
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frontpack I'm still a little confused what's actually going on, but I like it. I think Favorite track: Paplu (Love That Moves the Sun).
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Queen of Golden Dogs -the third album from Vessel- was conceived, developed and rendered into life over eighteen months of solitude in rural Wales. In essence, it is an exploration of living a life devoted to uncertainty, curiosity and change.

Influenced by a range of writers, the painter Remedios Varo, and a new love, the album is a marked departure from Vessel’s previous work. The world of QoGD is saturated with colour; oscillating between grief, bombast and fierce joy, this is music shot through with both sincerity and irreverence.

Whilst traces of his sonic signature remain, there is much changed since Vessel’s second album, Punish, Honey. An infatuation with chamber music brought about in collaboration with his violinist lover, and a voice given by singer Olivia Chaney leave strong impressions, providing landmarks in a world that is essentially about the joys of difference.

‘Fantasma’, a prologue of sorts, careens from bent cello to blunt force percussion and billowing synthesisers, dispersing into the harmonically restless lament of ‘Good Animal’, providing the album with the first of it’s many purposefully uncomfortable segues. Ideas of transformation are regularly explored internally within individual pieces, as well as across the album as a whole, dominated by unpredictable shifts in tone. The probing string swells of ‘Argo’ give way to throbbing bass and slippery rhythms, which twist briefly into an almostpop leaning chorus before a barrage of fuzzy drums lead to one of the albums most straightforwardly techno moments. The layered voices of ‘Torno-me eles e nau-eu’ offer the most overt example of Vessel’s move towards classical forms. Using chromaticism, dissonance and sweetness, he explores a space that seemingly refuses to resolve, although eventually revealing itself as an extended reflection of album centrepiece, ‘Paplu’.

"I wanted to make this work to realise experiences that I thought I had already had. Quite quickly I realised that I was reaching too far; and because I wanted so much more I had to give more. I often think that the writing was mutual." - Vessel

‘I become them and stop being I’ -Fernando Pessoa


released November 9, 2018


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