Vessels return with the Elliptic EP, their first studio recording since their cover of James Holden’s remix of Nathan Fake’s ‘The Sky Was Pink’ in 2012. The release comes as the latest stepping stone in the band’s new musical direction.
“We always talked about making the music more electronic, with more of a party vibe whilst still remaining a live band” says Lee J. Malcolm, a techno producer in his own right. “The people who have watched us over the years will have seen a steady influx of synths and other electronic devices creep onto stage. I think it was time to just embrace the idea fully and try something new.”
‘Elliptic’ is the first result of a newfound relationship with producer Richard Formby (Spectrum, Wild Beasts, Darkstar) in his local analogue studio.
The B-side features a cover of Modeselektor’s ‘Blue Clouds’. Drummer Tim Mitchell explains,
“’Blue Clouds’ was originally chosen due to the interesting push and pull of the beat and its strong melodic hook. We have always been a rhythmically-orientated band and this track gave us something to get our teeth into. Using live drums really helps to bring the track alive and is great to play live.”
The EP also contains a radio edit of ‘Elliptic’ as well as the live staples of 2013, ‘Myopic Biopic’ and ‘Come Out of the Sky and Fight This’.