Published Nov 22, 2013Joel Thibodeau, the mastermind behind indie folk outfit Death Vessel, hasn't released much since his Sub Pop debut Nothing is Precious Enough For Us in 2008. That will change shortly, with a new album set for release early next year.
The new record, which is the third from Death Vessel overall, is called Island Intervals, and was recorded in Iceland with producer Alex Somers (who's worked with Julianna Barwick and Sigur Rós, among others).
In keeping with the Icelandic theme, the album's first single "Ilsa Drown" features vocals from Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi. You can stream the song below.
Rather than cobble together some press release quotes of their own, the label reached out to Thibodeau's contemporary Jonathan Meiburg (of Shearwater), who offered the following glowing statement:
Like Nico's, Jimmy Scott's, or Phil Elverum's, Joel Thibodeau's is a voice that demands its own sonic and lyrical world, and with Island Intervals, his third record as Death Vessel (and second for Sub Pop), we're treated to the sound of him finding a rich and strange new home among new friends in Iceland who probably saw him as a long-lost relative. Joel's 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.
Island Intervals will be available on February 25 via Sub Pop. Check out the tracklisting below.
2. Velvet Antlers
3. Triangulated Heart
4. Mercury Dime
5. Ilsa Drown
6. Island Vapors
7. We Agreed