The Perfect Vessels: A Refresher

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It has been over a year and a half since I have written anything about the Perfect Vessels.  However, there is some interesting news coming regarding the band, so this would be a good time for a refresher.

Pictured above are The Perfect Vessels.  You are acquainted with the guy playing organ.  In 2011, this band released its first LP, Name Your Own Stars, on Makeshift Records.  The last time I wrote about The Vessels was in November of 2011, when they opened up for Sebadoh at the now-defunct Hi-Tone.  But now it’s time to bring them up again because there will be new Perfect Vessels music available very soon! (And, gentle readers, you will be able to get it through Mr. Brame’s blog.)

The Vessels’ first album, Name Your Own Stars, which was recorded by Doug Easley, spent some time on the College Music Journal top 200 and garnered a number of fine reviews.  Here’s what some people had to say about it:

“There’s an extremely sweet and positive vibe which permeates this whole album like a welcome and refreshing ray of happy sunshine.  A totally likable and enjoyable album.”  -Jersey Beat 

“An album that is just perfect for the summer, with great melodies and soothing vocals, these songs are sure to put a smile on your face as you bob your head back and forth.”  -91.7 WCUR 

“The songs feature great vocal melodies, superb harmonies, smart guitars, and cool driving rhythms.  There’s a really great fresh inventive quality here that is missing in many modern pop bands.” -Thornfield Review

The Vessels made videos for three songs off of Name Your Own Stars, each of which was charming and remarkable in its own way.  You can click here for the videos for “Atmosphere,” and “Sun Never Goes,” but the best way to hear and see the band is by checking out the video for “Shade Tree Astronomy,” (dir. Graham Burks) which was featured in Live From Memphis’ Video Music Showcase and is available below.

You can hear Name Your Own Stars on Spotify, by the way, any time you like.  It’s also on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Follow The Vessels on Twitter.  While you are at it, follow me.  Let’s make this whole social networking thing coalesce into a glorious apogee of technology that shines more brightly than we ever could have imagined.  

For more on the band, click here.

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