The Elliptic EP feels like the first statement made by a band ready to evolve their sound and take it to the next logical step. Vessels aren't really 'moving on', as they're taking a lot with them to the next stage, the main bulk of that being two well received full length records. It's like Vessels are saying 'This is what we're doing now', with the intent of a band ready to reinvent themselves. It's even noticeable with the artwork; looking at 2011's Helioscope in comparison with the Elliptic EP, an animated landscape exchanged for barren mathematics.

The title-track of the EP kicks off proceedings, and immediately lets you know what's going on. A simple drum pattern, a repeating keyboard note, slowly being invaded by a rising synth sound, 'Elliptic' manages to evolve slowly but without losing interest. It balances out its hand astonishingly well, before we get some Starscream sounding synth sounds, but with a little more variation in dynamics. Think someone controlling a NES that's currently got a stick of uranium shining out the front of it. It's all gone really neon. 'Blue Clouds' starts a lot more energetically, with a drum beat pounding away before a synth line is smothered on top of it, and yet the percussion manages to punctuate through the entire track, offering something unique in the process. 'Myopic Biopic' is the shortest track here, at a paltry five minutes, thirty six seconds, and yet manages to cram the most in. It plays up-tempo indie guitar lines one minute, electronic soundscapes the next, without even breaking a sweat. Finishing with 'Come Out Of The Sky And Fight This', a track which keeps up the feeling that this isn't just a flash in the pan, but something the guys can commit to, completely earnestly, and succeed well with.

In terms of ideas that don't work as well... there really isn't a lot to be said there. I mean, sure, this does sound like a new band's first record, but that's no bad thing, and it works in Vessel's favour, I would argue. This isn't the sound of a band being all tentative, offering something up for the public, and based on their reaction, going from there - no. This whole record reminds me of being served lunch at school, and basically whatever was slopped onto your tray, that's what you're getting. But in this case, there is no stray grey pube anywhere to be seen, no unidentified 'pudding' (labelled 'brown flavour'), no small flecks of what looks like spittle adorning you're cutlery. This is clean cut.

It's incredible just what Vessels have managed to cram into this EP, and clocking in at just under half-an-hour, it's amazing just how successfully they've done it. You can't help but feel that they must be pretty confident about the material under their belt already to then go and unleash this upon ourselves at this stage. But sure, when the output is this good, why not?