9 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The doomy club mutations of Bristol producer Vessel’s 2014 album, Punish, Honey, left the shadowy post-dubstep of his debut, 2012’s Order of Noise, in the dust. He travels an even greater distance with Queen of Golden Dogs, a thrilling fusion of acoustic chamber instruments, voice, and jarringly digital timbres. “Fantasma (For Jasmine)” lays out the album’s extremes in somber strings and thrashing synths and drums. From here he zigzags wildly, through the spectral choir of “Good Animal (For Hannah)” to the buzzing drum-pummel of “Argo (For Maggie),” from the neo-Baroque harpsichord of “Arcanum (For Christalla)” to the trance arpeggios of “Glory Glory (For Tippi).” It’s a dazzling and even overwhelming listen, in the best way—a trip through the distant past to a mind-bending future you never saw coming.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The doomy club mutations of Bristol producer Vessel’s 2014 album, Punish, Honey, left the shadowy post-dubstep of his debut, 2012’s Order of Noise, in the dust. He travels an even greater distance with Queen of Golden Dogs, a thrilling fusion of acoustic chamber instruments, voice, and jarringly digital timbres. “Fantasma (For Jasmine)” lays out the album’s extremes in somber strings and thrashing synths and drums. From here he zigzags wildly, through the spectral choir of “Good Animal (For Hannah)” to the buzzing drum-pummel of “Argo (For Maggie),” from the neo-Baroque harpsichord of “Arcanum (For Christalla)” to the trance arpeggios of “Glory Glory (For Tippi).” It’s a dazzling and even overwhelming listen, in the best way—a trip through the distant past to a mind-bending future you never saw coming.

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