It’s the name for a craft that carries you to the other side, but Death Vessel makes the trip a beautiful safari. Led by Joel Thibodeau (String Builder), the centerpiece is his soaring soprano voice. After watching him sing, you can walk down the street imagining the most disheveled of hobos bursting into pitch-perfect Puccini arias. Former Purple Ivy Shadows guitarist Erik Carlson (now of Area C) lends massive textures that immaculately support Thibodeau’s guitar and voice. Recorded by Figgs singer and bassist Pete Donnelly, who makes a few musical appearances here, the album sounds like a classic record that might be gathering dust next to your great-uncle’s old Johnny Cash albums, but is simultaneously an odd pastiche that doesn’t seem to fit anywhere at all.