7/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 20 February 2014
Sub Pop, eh. You used to know what to expect from these guys, not so much any more. I'll be honest with you, I was hoping this would be a rock album. This Death Vessels album is full of wistful sweeping post-rocky pop with breathy girl vocals and a boy who sings like Jonsi from Sigur Ros.
It's very sleek and stadium-ready in an Alt-J kind of way, but with the occasional bit of tactile Notwist-esque cleverness and brooding windswept The National moodiness. I'm not sure I have that much to say about this kind of plodding stadium earnestpop, I guess either you'll get swept up in the emotional drama of it all or will be left a little blank and bored. Sadly I fall into the latter camp, but I still can't deny it's a meticulously crafted record and I'm sure it has its audience.
9/10 Doofus Customer review, 12th June 2014
Like Danielson this guy belongs with the great high pitched oddball singers of our time. Like them also he fashions delicate, subtle and complex tunes that somehow leave mass audiences cold. Unlike the earnest pop reckoned by another reviewer there's an awkwardness to lyric and tune that makes them all the more interesting. The Jonsi production might have smoothed some edges but it's still beguiling stuff and completely lovely to my ears. I saw them recently playing to a depressingly small crowd in London. I've seen Danielson do the same, so maybe I am the one of few who like awkward yet lovely tunes sung by blokes with girly voices!
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