Listen: Death Vessel’s “Mercury Dime”
‘Island Intervals’ Available February 24/25 Everywhere via Sub Pop
“Mercury Dime” premiere via ‘Stereogum’
Death Vessel’s Island Intervals will be released on February 24th in Europe & February 25th in North America via Sub Pop. You can now stream the second offering from the new record, “Mercury Dime” via Stereogum, who had this to say about the track, “at its core, an old-timey folk song, but the shiny marimbas and swelling orchestration gives it an ethereal air’ (see track premiere January 15th).
And in case you missed it the first time around, you can also listen to the single “Ilsa Drown,” featuring guest vocals from Jónsi of Sigur Rós. SPIN says of the track and pairing, “The pair are a perfect fit. Their high voices glide over the gentle instrumentation, which picks up steam as the song pushes on.”
Watch the video for “Mercury Dime”
In other news, Death Vessel will support label-mates Shearwater, beginning March 19th in Atlanta, GA at The Earl and ending on March 29th in Chicago, IL. Island Intervals is the follow-up to Death Vessel’s label debut (Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us) and will be available worldwide on CD/LP/DL February 24th in Europe and February 25th in North America on Sub Pop. The 8-song album includes the singles “Mercury Dime,” “Velvet Antlers,” and “Ilsa Drown.” Island Intervals was produced by Alex Somers (Julianna Barwick, Sigur Rós) at his studio in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Stream ‘Ilsa Drown’ (featuring Jônsi)
Pre-orders of Death Vessel’s Island Intervals from iTunes will receive a download of “Ilsa Drown” immediately.The album is also available for pre-order at SubPop.com. And, people who pre-order Island Intervals on LP at subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on colored vinyl.
More About Death Vessel (from Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg):
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 (read more at Sub Pop).
2. Velvet Antlers
3. Triangulated Heart
4. Mercury Dime
5. Ilsa Drown
6. Island Vapors
7. We Agreed
What People Have Said About Death Vessel:
“…An elegant and haunting piece of work.” [“Ilsa Drown”] – Consequence of Sound
“This is one of the most gorgeous things he’s done and a testament to the power of great collaborative chemistry.” [“Ilsa Drown”] – Twenty Four Bit
“His soft, childlike delivery strips the words of all pretension with an innocence that’s as wrenching as the best current singer-songwriters.” [Nothing Is Precious… Review] – Rolling Stone
“Thibodeau’s melodies, which have always been pretty, are now beautiful.” [Nothing Is Precious… Review] – Boston Phoenix
“This is a blissful, radiant, rewarding listen; one recommended without hesitation.” [Nothing Is Precious… Review] – Drowned In Sound
“His pure delivery—he scales the heights, but never over-sings—and cryptic/mystic worldview are still the main attractions.” [Nothing Is Precious… Review] – Q Magazine
Death Vessel Photo: Credit Corey Grayhorse
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