Vessels third album, Dilate marked a sea change for the Leeds band, being the conclusion of the quintet's journey from melodic/discordant post rock (As per their 2008 début White Fields And Open Devices) and the evolved hybrid of psychedelia and minimalist programming (On its 2011 follow up, Helioscope).
At the time it was clear that the exercise had been a considered sequence of subtle integrations, the succumbing to of their passion for the flourishes of electronica gradually replacing the fragmented words and greater intricacies of their old world. This sounds like a recipe for alienating old fans, but in interview the band's Tim Mitchell and Tom Evans simply confessed that musically "The same reference points are there...but the goalposts have shifted".
Dilate wasn't a final destination then, nor is it now: die-hards however will still feel that sense of either elation or dread at the mechanized thump of opener Vertical's intro, much as they'll welcome or reject again the patchwork of drones and undulating rhythms which make up the track's pulsing main body.
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Aside from being the band's third full-length release, 'Dilate' marks Vessels tenth year since their inception. In these ten years as a band, Vessels have developed their style from a distinctly compelling brand of post-rock into wider, more electronic territory. In doing so, Vessel's fresh use of experimentation has bought them a small cult following. Their 2008 debut 'White Fields and Open Devices' displays the band's great knack for building sparse musical landscapes and pushing their songs into climaxes that manage to remain both heavy and successfully affecting, echoing some older post-rock bands like Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Vessels use complex layers of sounds, borrowing heavily from the dissonant chords and irregular time sequences typical to math-rock. More recently though, and particularly on 'Dilate', the electronic layers to these complex songs have taken more of a central role. Members of the band are more likely to be seen twiddling with keyboards and synthesisers now than thrashing into each other with guitars. However, the songs themselves are no less insightful, nor are the sonic environments they evoke.
Opening track 'Vertical' builds gradually with warm bass and vocal samples reminiscent of acts like Burial and Four Tet. Slowly, layers of synth move between each other into a resonance of ambient noises, vast keyboard melodies push the track in and out of changing drum sections. 'Elliptic' seems to land somewhere closer to the band's earlier sound, soaring off and building back into something more cinematic and commanding. More now than before, Vessels focus on rhythm in their instrumentation, in doing so they push themselves into ground that is not necessarily limited to the boundaries of the profound and dramatic instrumental rock they have found themselves attributed with. Vessels wear influences from further afield than ever, even including African drums towards the track's end.
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Prince Philip has undergone tests on his heart at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after doctors feared for his health.
Prince Philip has undergone tests on his heart after doctors feared for his health.
The Duke of Edinburgh is at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland, where he was taken on Wednesday (15.08.12) as a ''precautionary measure'' after suffering from a recurrence of a bladder infection, and medics have done a series of tests to make sure he will be able to recover.
A royal aide told the Daily Star newspaper: ''He was given top-to-toe tests including heart checks because they were concerned.
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Robin Gibb refused to have scans that could have detected his cancer to go on tour according to his wife, Dwina.
Robin Gibb refused to have scans which could have detected his cancer to go on tour.
The Bee Gees singer lost his battle against liver and colon cancer in May, and his wife, Dwina says he went against doctors' advice to have his cancerous cells properly checked.
The cells were initially spotted after the 'How Deep is your Love' singer had an operation to remove an intestinal blockage in October 2010, but he ignored it to continue writing and performing.
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Britain's Prince Philip has been released from hospital in time for his 91st birthday tomorrow (10.06.12).
Britain's Prince Philip has been released from hospital today (09.06.12).
The Duke of Edinburgh - who had been admitted with a bladder infection earlier this week - was allowed to leave the King Edward VII Hospital in central London in time for his 91st birthday tomorrow (10.06.12).
Philip was in typically blunt form, telling reporters who asked him if he was feeling better. ''I wouldn't be leaving here if I wasn't.''
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The three-day Celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 60th anniversary on The Throne attracted massive TV audiences on each day, according to preliminary ratings figures. The BBC's coverage of Sunday's Jubilee pageant, in which the queen and Prince Philip proceeded down the Thames in the Royal Barge accompanied by a thousand smaller Vessels, attracted 10.3 million viewers, or an average of 56 percent of the total television audience. Monday's pop concert in front of Buckingham Palace averaged 14.7 million viewers, representing 57.4 percent of the audience, making it the BBC's most-watched telecast since last year's marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which attracted 19.3 million viewers. Finally, on Monday, the BBC's telecast of the ceremonial procession of Queen Elizabeth's carriage through London peaked at 7.4 million or 46 percent of the total audience. And while the royal events had been expected to draw audiences away from movie theaters and West End playhouses, many venues reported sold-out business, crediting the influx of tourists for the Jubilee as well as rainy weather, which made the theaters attractive as shelters.
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John Travolta's foundation, which was set up for his son Jett who died in 2009, donated 10 per cent of its revenue to Scientology in the last US tax year.
A foundation set up by John Travolta donated 10 per cent of its revenue to Scientology last year.
The Jett Travolta Foundation was created when the actor's 16-year-old son Jett died after hitting his head during a seizure while in the Bahamas, and the non-profit organisation has given away approximately $56,000 since it was set up, according to website Showbiz411.
Tax filings for the year 2010-11 show a total of 14 donations were made totalling $27,850; $2,500 went to a Scientology detox charity in Ocala, Florida, while others to benefit included the Starlight Children's Foundation and the No Limits Limbs Loss Foundation, which both received $5,000 each.
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