Death Vessel – Island Vapors

March 5, 2014

When I first heard Death Vessel, I figured I was listening to another exceptional up and coming Icelandic neo-folk act. I assumed this because the track I had heard, “Ilsa Drown”, features none other than Icelandic hometown hero Jónsi (also the Sigur Rós frontman). However it turns out Death Vessel, aka Joel Thibodeau, is actually from not-too-far-away Providence, Rhode Island. But hanging on the Icelandic note, his sound tends to remind me of a cross between Sigur Ros, Sin Fang, and Germany’s The Notwist. “Island Vapors” has been the epitome of what you call an acquired taste for me. The first time I heard it I wrote it off as a solid track, but nothing especially special. And then inexplicably I began to play it over and over again — until it emerged as one of my favorites on the year so far. The new album Island Intervals is complex collection of songs varying between the folk and rock genres, with this one featuring a nice blend of both elements. The next step on my agenda is to check for an upcoming tour schedule. Because if the tracks translate live as well as I think they might, Death Vessel is bound to put on one hell of a show.

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