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g their second studio long-player helioscope, leeds-based five-piece vessels have dropped a hint as to its content. recorded with grammy-nominated producer john congleton (explosions in the sky, this will destroy you, modest mouse) in the heat of the texan summer, these nine tracks are the sun-scorched yin to the yang of the snow-capped peaks of vessels' debut of 2008, white fields & open devices. where its predecessor was a studied exercise in structure which played many a post-rock trump card, this collection sings with a newfound freeness and looseness. that's not to say these arrangements are rough-of-edge, or shabby of design. far from it: these motifs and melodies are cunningly crafted, burrowing deep into the synapses with little resistance; riffs and rhythms tap into some innate appreciation of music both intuitive and intellectual. the build-and-break dynamics executed effortlessly on white fields... are present, again - but complemented by a greater appreciation of technology, of the possibilities afforded by the modern recording process.
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