Nevertheless, the folksy indie rock of Vessels illustrates just how much they learned from each other through their tangled collaborations. "Get Back" and "Poison, " two Neva Dinova cuts featuring Bright Eyes, maintain N.D.'s lush guitar textures -- the latter with especially sweet curls of xylophone and pedal steel from vocalist Jake Bellows -- but swing with B.E.'s singsong rhythmic patterns. Bellows's Dylanesque weariness, in turn, on "Spring Cleaning," a Bright Eyes cut featuring Neva Dinova, adds elegance to the former's typical acoustic strums. Brief but effective, Vessels is a marvelous appetizer that fans can enjoy while waiting for proper albums from both bands.
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