Queen of Golden Dogs

Vessel - Queen of Golden Dogs
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #260 / 830
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2018 Ratings: #185
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters
While past projects painted bleak landscapes, the latest opus pours copious amounts of over-saturated colors to swatch luscious scenes.
85
The 405

Queen of Golden Dogs is a bold and original statement that collides together emotions, textures and beats to gloriously dissonant effect. It’s also Vessel's best album to date.

82
Sputnikmusic

A non-household album by an oft-overlooked electronic artist/producer, Queen of Golden Dogs is an intriguing, mysteriously intelligent dark horse of a record. Fans of broader electronic/experimental pieces, prepare to be delighted in the delirious lunacy of Vessel’s apex-to-date.

80
Exclaim!

Queen of Golden Dogs is more than a collection of novel (or classical) ideas, as much as it's a assembly of gorgeously written and expertly arranged musical concepts, showing Vessel making some of the most clear-eyed art of his career.

80
Pitchfork
Leaving behind the beats of his previous work, the Bristol producer takes up chamber instruments, choral arrangements, and digital mayhem on a dizzying album about the nature of the self.
80
Crack Magazine
There’s a kind of mania at work here, a dangerous glint in the eye. This is an extraordinary, exhilarating and unstable piece of art where beauty and affection exist right next to upheaval and metamorphosis, just like life.
78
Resident Advisor

Queen Of Golden Dogs is a striking fusion of chamber music and blasted-out electronica, which sometimes resembles a kind of medieval rave music.

70
musicOMH

Queen Of Golden Dogs is Vessel at their most direct and bold, and the result is often overwhelming, sometimes confusing, and always fascinating.

70
No Ripcord
A quasi-highbrow take on chamber music, Gainsborough (the Bristol producer who goes by the pseudonym Vessel) delivers a blindingly perplexing loose concept on how personal taste challenges us to look outside of our preconceived conventions.
Benny
85
Dead Leaves might now be my favorite painting of all time

Dead Leaves represents the past and the future in one painting showing a medieval woman meeting the an alient from the future.
This was this album is about,a combination of medieval sound scapes combined with the futuristic electronic waves of sonic landscapes
I remember originally seeing this painting in a classical video about an composition the music teacher put for us on the TV and honestly i was more into the artwork than the ... read more
ElectricMess
83
The cover really does provide an excellent summation of the music here. This album is beautiful, with loads of pretty orchestral sounds, but it's as if this is a horror game set in a Victorian mansion, giving the feeling that something dark and disturbing is around the corner. Oh and the game's also full of bugs and glitches that make it even more terrifying. Overall, Vessel comes through with an atmospheric and unique experience that is certain to be one of the year's strongest electronic ... read more
JohnLouisHoward
96
amazing. Sebastian Gainsborough has created a world-unto-itself soundscape that can only be described as symphonic glitch, far beyond the typical neuron destroying vacuity of standard IDM. most music is not art, but some music is. this is art.
podrecortez
85
The artwork speaks for itself. Sounds like a woman from the middle ages and a weird futuristic alien made music together and turn out really good. The best of experimental idm with beautiful classical elements.
ChuckActuary
79
Wow, this is incredible! Eclectic, genre pushing and it sounds extremely interesting. Its production is so smooth for how harsh so many of the incorporated sounds could be. An incredible piece of work.

Only my first time through but enjoying it thoroughly: 11/13/2018 => 79
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Track List

  1. Fantasma (For Jasmine)
  2. Good Animal (For Hannah)
  3. Argo (For Maggie)
  4. Zahir (For Eleanor)
  5. Arcanum (For Christalla)
  6. Glory Glory (For Tippi)
  7. Torno-me eles e nau-e (For Remedios)
  8. Paplu (Love That Moves the Sun)
  9. Sand Tar Man Star (For Aurellia)
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Added on: September 25, 2018