Death Vessel: Mercury Dime
Meet Death Vessel. No, despite the name, this is not some sort of gothic death metal band (trust me, I got over that phase somewhere around my 17th birthday) that I'm trying to introduce to you. In fact it's the complete opposite.
This is folk artist Joel Thibodeau. From what I can gather, he is a Rhode Island resident, although it seems that he is just about as geographically confused as I am - born in Germany, grew up in Maine, moved to Boston, Rhode Island, New York and now back to Rhode Island. Before even delving in to his musical style he instantly interests me as a human. He is signed to Seattle's Sub Pop Records, who describe him as "an inveterate and intuitive wanderer; when I met him years ago, he’d just spent a few months traveling the United States on Greyhound buses, sometimes sleeping rough, and making a record from found moments. I remember he had an otherworldly quality about him that I couldn’t quite name, like he’d just blown in on the wind."
Listening to his music, you'd be quick to compare him to Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, with his exceptionally high falsetto voice. Well, for his upcoming album Island Intervals, Joel was invited by Jónsi himself (and producer Alex Somers) to spend 3 months in Reykjavík recording together. Towards the end of last year, he released the first single off the album "Ilsa Drown", featuring Jónsi's ethereal and other-worldly vocals.
Thibodeau has just shared the second song off Island Intervals (via Stereogum) called "Mercury Dime". It's a sweet taste of what's to come on the record - out February 25th.