Jonathan Bates will be familiar to many from his time as frontman of Mellowdrone and being a member of M83’s live band. However, his own Big Black Delta project has a more left-field but addictive sound, as you can hear on Vessel.

Biblical references set the scene for a song that reflects on failure, yet lyrically offers hope of redemption even as we accept that failure. The message can be picked up in the melody and arrangement as if structured to offer solace and inspiration to the listener. It’s not a pop song by any means, but it still has a warmth and catchiness to it that means it deserves repeated listens.

Speaking about the stunning video for the song, Bates says: “When approaching Warren about doing something for this song, he and I were both at points in our lives where we were revisiting past failed relationships and our responsibility in their failures. I sent him the song which is about me owning up to my victimhood. A few days later he had a complete pre-visual and the whole video laid out. It was a fabulous experience watching it start from a vision in his head to the final edit.”

Vessel is from the 4 album, which you can listen to on Spotify, with a vinyl version of the LP available on Bandcamp and Music Glue. Why not throw Bates a follow over on Instagram or Twitter to keep up with news from Big Black Delta?