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info opinion

Death Vessel

"Stay Close" CD

North East Indie

Genres: indie pop, indie rock, lo-fi

PO Box 13474
Baltimore MD 21203

June 6 - 12 2005

Stay Close is a strange and exciting album.  A rootsy brew of Helium and The Anomoanon, this record has a rare quality that keeps you interested from start to finish.  The spirit is as infectious at the melodies themselves, and Death Vessel never misses a step.  From the cheery romping of "Break the Empress Down" (gotta love the fiddle) and "Mandan Dink" (mandolin!) to the touching folk-pop of "Mean Streak" and "White Mole," the band just never lets the good times end.  The lovely cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Snow Don't Fall" is also a welcome addition to the disc.

Stay Close is the type of record that gives hope for the creation of a whole new scene.  Like Will Oldham and his group of friends, these folky kids seem to be developing a small community of their own.  With this release and the recent (excellent) album by Micah Blue Smaldone, we could be witnessing the conception of a whole new little commune of bands and musicians.  If that's the case, then Stay Close could be just the start.  Here's hoping.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]