Vessels are a five-piece band from Leeds, north England, who make sprawling electronic rock. Their fourth album The Great Distraction is due later this year, and leans further into their techno influences than ever before, while also featuring the likes of Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne on the shimmering "Deflect The Light." In the video premiering above, you can see Coyne's evocative storytelling and the band's mesmerising synths captured in bold 3D animation.
"It is always brave of any young artist to ask The Flaming Lips to collaborate with them," Coyne wrote to The FADER in an email. "Usually we just take over the whole song. But Vessels has magnificently kept us at bay, and they've created a swirling hypnotic vibe for our little story to live in!"
Vessels, writing collectively via email, added: "The video seemed to suggest itself, as the story was already all there, fully formed by Wayne's incredible lyrics. He's created a totally bizarre world within the song, and the video is a pretty vivid continuation of that — it looks exactly how the story did already in our minds."
Vessels tour dates:
09/30 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social
10/03 Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10/04 London, UK @ Village Underground
10/05 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
10/06 Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
10/07 Glasgow, UK @ Art School
10/14 Paris, FR @ Batofar
10/18 Amsterdam, NL @ ADE
10/19 Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
10/20 Antwerp, BE @ Het Bos
10/26 Berlin, DE @ Prince Charles
10/27 Hamburg, DE @ Kleiner Doner
10/28 Cologne, DE @ Artheater
11/01 Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
11/02 Madrid, ES @ Siroco