AOTY 2018

Queen of Golden Dogs

Vessel - Queen of Golden Dogs
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #124 / 705
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2018 Ratings: #137
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Tri Angle / Label
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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.

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.
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
SmooglyReviews
76
Perfectly summarized by it's cover art, Queen Of Golden Dogs is exactly what I expected it to be and even more at times. Right off of the bat I was hooked to this album. It's production is very intense and grabs the listener's attention quite easily. It sounds like a blueprint of different sounds coming together to form one absolute composition. It brings a more bare-bones feel to the idm genre taking influences from other genres like club, house, electronic, glitch, and ambient. This ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#21/PopMatters
#36/The Wire

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