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Editors’ Notes

While Vetiver’s Andy Cabic is linked to freaky-folk king Devendra Banhart (they run a record label together), there is nothing “freaky” about his own music. Cabic is a sincere ‘70s-influenced singer-songwriter who remains true to his admiration of that era and his own innate singing talents. He feels no need to embellish his simple ruminations with anything besides the most elemental and essential musical backing. 2008’s Thing of the Past is a collection of obscure covers that reflect Cabic’s eclectic, excellent taste and even includes several of the originators contributing along (Vashti Bunyan on “Sleep A Million Years,” Michael Hurley on “Blue Driver.”) Fairport Convention’s Ian Matthews’ “Road to Ronderlin” rolls along with ease. Spacerockers Hawkwind are given a spirited jugband sprint for “Hurry On Sundown.” Loudon Wainwright III’s “The Swimming Song” is delivered without tipping the subtle humor. Townes Van Zandt’s obscure “Standin’” is brought to light and life. Overall, it’s a quiet album meant for late night listening beside a crackling fire, worthy of sitting next to the works not just of the composers included here, but others from Jackson Browne, Tom Rush, Tim Hardin or any other late-60s-early 70s troubadour fondly remembered.

Customer Reviews

Cool Cover of Garland Jeffreys' "Lon Chaney"

Great version of Garland Jeffreys' 1973 classic song "Lon Chaney!!! I hope Vetiver covers more of Garlands' music in the future. Garland is still performing and recording to this day. Vetiver fans, check out his music - you'll love it!

I am blown away by their music

Terrific song writing, beautiful melodies and such a magical energy. I discovered Vetiver last week after meeting Andy and Alissa on a party. I am blown away by their music. One of my favorite songs is "Been So Long" from their "To Find me Gone" album. You should get all their work, is really good.

Pretty good!

I kinda liked it*

Biography

Formed: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When Vetiver released their first album in 2004, they were commonly lumped into the nascent "freak folk" movement alongside the likes of Joanna Newsom and Six Organs of Admittance, thanks to leader Andy Cabic's friendship with scene founder Devendra Banhart. (In addition to Banhart's musical contributions to Vetiver's first two albums, Cabic co-wrote Banhart's breakout song "At the Hop," which appeared on 2004's Rejoicing in the Hands; on the same album, Banhart paid tribute to his friend's band...
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