If traditional folk revivalist Joel Thibodeau’s past records as Death Vessel bring to mind blissful campfire scenes, his third album conjures up windswept forests and stark, barren mountains.
While the hymnal ‘Ilsa Drown’ benefits from Jónsi’s eerie croon, there are times when the tracks try to imitate his collaborators’ lush dreamscapes without reaching their intimate beauty.
However, when the frantic ‘Island Vapors’ arrives with crashing drums and Thibodeau’s swooping falsetto, it shows how original and bracing this album could have been.
Words: James Evans
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