vrijdag 7 februari 2020

Vessel – Vagabond Blues

Vessel – Vagabond Blues
Majestic Mountain Records – 2020
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Psych, Fuzz, Doom
Rated: *****

Last week we had the honor to premiere the second single The Void Tempest of the new Vessel album Vagabond Blues. The album goes forth and out into the world, today. The Australian project has shifted into overdrive since their first release Nostalgia in 2016 and has now enveloped so many of the heavy genres we all adore. Which can leave you with an album that is highly diverse but also schizophrenic. Luckily this is not the case with Vagabond Blues, thanks to the expert mix, production and overall color scheme. The album not only covers all those different genres, it also wraps the listener in a warm blanket, one a bluesy hobo needs when barreling down the tracks, in the back of the train cart lying on a cardboard box. There’s blues here, cosmic blues and fuzzy desert blues. You can hear it in those easy to fall in love with stoner trucking tracks like Twenty Twenty and Red Witch; but it’s also present in instrumental spacey adventures like Atacama. It’s not difficult to imagine yourself there, in the desert, under the immense night sky, tracking meteors and feeling the earth speed through the universe towards the inevitable. And the entire album feels quite like that, an inevitable strike against the boundaries of creation, a ringing singular beautiful strike, a hammer of the gods, that will sound on for eternity…

(Written by JK)

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