Death Vessel, Passerine
71 Main Street
Burlington, VT, 05401
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been creating incorruptible independent pop music since the late 1990's. She has released over a dozen solo and collaborative recordings on K Records, Kill Rock Stars and various domestic and foreign independent labels.
Defined by her graceful songwriting and adventuresome recordings, Pitchfork has praised her "incredible voice–a versatile coo that can flit from low, sultry tones to high, airy falsetto in one breath." Amrit Singh of Revolt TV has called her "an extraordinary lyricist with a piercing sense of melody and a constant interest in subverting the standards of songcraft and production."
Mirah has always sought the creative company of unique collaborators, from multi-media artists and orchestral composers to dj's, Baltic music enthusiasts, and entomologists. A partial list of some of her collaborators includes Phil Elverum (The Microphones/Mount Eerie), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Tara Jane O'Neil, Khaela Maricich (The Blow), Melanie Valera (Tender Forever), Jherek Bischoff, Lori Goldston, Britta Johnson and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.
Her hotly anticipated new release, Changing Light is due out on May 13th on her own imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings.
Death Vessel is Joel Thibodeau's work as both a solo artist and band leader. His music, captured on the resplendent record "Stay Close", is an eloquent distillation of a life's tales. Born in Berlin, Germany before The Wall fell... raised in Kennebunkport, Maine before the senior Bush's presidency... this musician lived a childhood where the ghosts of Cold War casualties and seaport tragedies haunted the alleyways and beaches. Leaving Maine as a teenager, Thibodeau moved to Boston, Providence and New York. In Providence he was a founding member, songwriter and performer of the group String Builder. Now as then, Thibodeau captures the surreal and the sublime in wondrous song.
Thibodeau's vocal delivery is astonishing. Perhaps his singing is best-described as descendent from "the high lonesome sound" - unleashed upon the world by Roscoe Holcomb in the early 1960's. With this voice, Death Vessel delivers stunning lyrical poetry that transcends the "whisky 'n' haystack" imagery of its neo-folk contemporaries. Thibodeau brings this same unusual experimentation to the acoustic guitar (his primary instrument). The daringly melodic plucking of strings and the odd tempo changes provide expertly unexpected accompaniment.
To watch Death Vessel perform live is to watch an audience under a spell. This applies whether it's just Thibodeau alone with an acoustic guitar or with an expanded lineup that often includes regular contributors to Death Vessel Pete Donnelly (The Figgs) and Erik Carlson (Area C).
Passerine is a new project from Eric Gagne, who is also in Death to Tyrants, Redwing Blackbird, & Dweller on the Threshold. Songs & feedback fer yer heart.