Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us by Death Vessel on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Death Vessel is not a death metal band but the acoustic-based musings of Providence, RI-based singer-songwriter Joel Thibodeau. Inaccurately and indiscriminately dumped into the “freak folk” category, Thibodeau sings with a lightness of being and with playful arrangements that obscure the depth of his songwriting. His singing is feminine in tone, high-pitched and gentle. 2008’s Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us, his second album, shows him growing his ambitions. By album’s end, he’s left the fields for the pop music awaiting him in the recording studio. “Bruno’s Torso” flows with a simplicity that expands to include a horn section and threatens a carnival. With its twangy harmonies, banjo-picking and quickstep groove, “Obadiah in Oblivion” sounds like a back-porch folk tune gone awry. “Exploded View” adds a solid backbeat to its darker tone and perfect harmonic sense. “Fences Around Field” breaks into a spirited jam, but it’s the slow, brooding “Penisula” with its spare, nocturnal electric guitar licks and exploding climax that creates a truly bracing listen. It’s folk music for a new century.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Death Vessel is not a death metal band but the acoustic-based musings of Providence, RI-based singer-songwriter Joel Thibodeau. Inaccurately and indiscriminately dumped into the “freak folk” category, Thibodeau sings with a lightness of being and with playful arrangements that obscure the depth of his songwriting. His singing is feminine in tone, high-pitched and gentle. 2008’s Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us, his second album, shows him growing his ambitions. By album’s end, he’s left the fields for the pop music awaiting him in the recording studio. “Bruno’s Torso” flows with a simplicity that expands to include a horn section and threatens a carnival. With its twangy harmonies, banjo-picking and quickstep groove, “Obadiah in Oblivion” sounds like a back-porch folk tune gone awry. “Exploded View” adds a solid backbeat to its darker tone and perfect harmonic sense. “Fences Around Field” breaks into a spirited jam, but it’s the slow, brooding “Penisula” with its spare, nocturnal electric guitar licks and exploding climax that creates a truly bracing listen. It’s folk music for a new century.

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About Death Vessel

Essentially a solo vehicle for Providence, Rhode Island-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Joel Thibodeau, Death Vessel channels the pastoral country-folk soul of Gram Parsons while holding true to the experimental nature of modern alternative folk acts like Iron & Wine, Thao Nguyen, and Devendra Banhart. Born in Germany, Thibodeau, who possesses an impressive falsetto, spent his formative years on the East Coast, splitting his time between Boston, Providence, and New York City. He released his first album under the Death Vessel moniker, Stay Close, in 2005, followed by his Sub Pop debut, Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us, in 2008, which he supported touring with the likes of Low, José González, and the Books. The follow-up would come six years later in the form of 2014's Island Intervals. For this lush and icy album, Thibodeau traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland and employed production help from Sigur Rós collaborator Alex Somers and Múm's Samuli Kosminen. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Providence, RI

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