On April 2, Atlanta post-punk group Vessel will release their debut album Wrapped In Cellophane via Double Phantom. Today, the group shares a new single, “Game,” which has a taut, wiry sensibility, juxtaposing a stark, Young Marble Giants-like bassline against wobbly synthesizers and a groove fit for early Blondie or ESG—or for that matter, their Atlanta contemporaries in Omni. And like so many of the best dancepunk and no wave songs, it climaxes with a well placed saxophone. It’s fun, tuneful, danceable and hypnotic, as an excellent hybrid of funk and punk should be. Hear Vessel’s “Game” below, along with two of their previously released singles.
“We never talked about a sound we wanted to achieve,” said the group’s Alex Tuisku about the new album in a statement. “It happened naturally.”
“Despite the different sounds in Atlanta, everyone’s cool with each other,” added Keron Robinson. “I’ve always been interested in the variety here. Atlanta has a lot going on.”
Preorder Vessel’s Wrapped In Cellophane via Bandcamp.
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