Mercy Choir is the songwriting and recording project of New Haven, CT based musician Paul Belbusti. Since 2004, Belbusti has produced a large quantity of critically acclaimed music ranging from abstract experiments to more traditional pop and rock and roll, released both digitally and physically on his own imprint (Dead Language Records) and collaboratively. Mercy Choir, as a recording project, is generally Belbusti alone (with a few exceptions), recording in his home studio with a mixture of analog and digital instruments and techniques. As a live band, Mercy Choir is a shifting and evolving entity. Many musicians and friends pass through. Join and rejoin. Contributing arrangements and breathing new life into songs that may have started as crude, lofi, sketches. The Mercy Choir discography is joyously uneven and unpredictable.
Rivener is Michael Kiefer (Myty Konkeror/Twin Lakes Records) and Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir/Dead Language Records).
They've teamed up to create lysergic genre-bending improvisations that draw on a wide range influences, including, but never limited to, psych, no wave, noise, damaged blues, free-jazz, and rock.
Paul Belbusti is a published writer of poetry and short prose. His work has appeared in various online and print publications such as Pith, Elimae, Boog City, Wobbling Roof Magazine, and Rant On, Johnny. Unpublished work can be found on the blog and his tumblr under the tag "poetry"
His first chapbook "Lucy" was published February 27, 2015 by Good Cop / Bad Cop Press. Purchase it here.