Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 21, 2008 at 10:04 am

Death Vessel, Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us (Sup Pop, 2008)

MP3: “Bruno’s Torso”

Death Vessel is the alter-ego/one-man-band-with-several-rotating-players moniker of Providence singer songwriter Joel Thilbodeau. With a voice that is equal parts Elliott Smith and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo, Death Vessel’s second album Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us is a journey of earnest, arresting, folk tales with an abstract bent. His high (and by most standards decidedly feminine) voice is frequently the focus of discussion, but his songs are what really deserve the spotlight. The album has a classic around-the-campfire feel — warm, inviting and immediately catchy. The instrumentation and arrangements lean toward folk and old, old country, but come off as something new entirely. Mr. Thilbodeau’s subject matter seems at once mysterious and familiar, like wandering into an antique store on Mars and finding the same dining set your grandmother used to have but in neon-blue. On “Obadiah In Oblivion” he sings, “In the dark he whistled over and over, aglow with solar powered sustain.” By the end of tune it’s clear what feeling “aglow with solar powered sustain” feels like. It feels like discovery and it is, indeed, precious enough. — Laura Witkowski

Death Vessel will be kicking off their record release tour in Detroit on August 29th @ the Magic Stick.

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Sunshine Doray, S/T (Gangplank Records, 2008)

Listen: “Anton The Leper”

Somewhere between Yo La Tengo’s jazzier ballads and the slinky, sexy moves heard on PJ Harvey’s To Bring You My Love — with a little theatrical pomp thrown in for good measure — lies the twisted and beautiful piano pop of Sunshine Doray. Tempered by minimalist, brushed percussion and the wonderfully Read more

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