>WHO IS vessel

Vessel, the pseudonym of Bristolian Sebastian Gainsborough, has just announced their new album ‘Queen of Golden Dogs’ via Tri Angle Records. The first single from the album “Argo (For Maggie)“ is streaming online now. ‘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 ‘Queen of Golden Dogs’ is saturated with colour; oscillating between grief, bombast and fierce joy, this is music shot through with both sincerity and irreverence. The layered voices of “Torno-me eles e nau-eu (For Remedios)” 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 Love That Moves The Sun”.