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To Find Me Gone

Vetiver

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Vetiver (aka Andy Cabic) has been fairly and unfairly aligned with the media-tagged ‘Freaky Folk’ movement led by Devendra Banhart. While Cabic works with Banhart as a member of his touring band and can be found in many of their collective photographs, Cabic’s own music hardly qualifies as freaky – unless quiet, meditative numbers supported by gently finger-picked guitars and sleepy, sawing cellos are somehow unusual. To Find Me Gone is Cabic’s second full-length album and delivers a definite early ‘70s southern California singer-songwriter vibe. The slide guitar of “I Know No Pardon” is pure country rock. The murky night sky gaze of “No One Word” is a Nick Drake pipedream. “Idle Ties” works a Ray Davies soft shoe. Cabic never raises his voice above a gentle croon, settling into a near whispered groove that gives listeners the impression that they are eavesdropping on these tunes more than listening to them. This unusual level of intimacy makes these songs of longing and absence particularly affecting, but their non-imposing demeanor also places them in danger of being quickly dismissed. There’s a subtle grace at work here.

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simply perfect!

As a san francisco native i might be a bit biased, especially when one of the songs is about a PUB i frequent ("down at el rio"). i cannot put my love for this Album into better words than this...  a refreshing next step in the ever prevalent neo-folk scene, June 4, 2006 Reviewer: Aquarius Records (San Francisco) - Oh Man! I haven't been able to stop playing this record from local San Francisco folk heroes Vetiver since the day it arrived. I knew it would be good but I'm really surprised at how amazing and fresh it sounds given the tidal wave resurgence of the neo-folk movement that Devendra Banhart and Vetiver front-man Andy Cabic have spawned in the last few years (check out the Devendra-curated Golden Apples of the Sun compilation to see what I mean). To be honest, the neo-folk scene has become a bit over-saturated as of late. Not that I don't enjoy the music, but there are so many folk acts nowadays that it's become almost too overwhelming to keep up. So the stakes have been raised quite a bit since Vetiver's quiet self-titled debut, as the past couple of year's have seen Cabic, out on the road touring not only with Vetiver but also as part of Devendra's touring band, starting record label Gnomonsong with Banhart (which released the debut Feathers cd), and garnering a huge amount of praise, attention and expectation. It seems the months on the road have been very good to Vetiver as recent homecoming shows at 12 Galaxies and the Great American have shown, delighting packed audiences and winning new converts who may have overlooked their fine debut. No more playing tiny intimate shows at Adobe Books, a little sad to say, but really, I am very happy for them. To Find Me Gone is more rock-oriented than its predecessor, as the band has evolved from an acoustic guitar, violin, cello trio to include a full time rhythm section (including Otto Hauser from Espers on drums, and Kevin Barker from Currituck Co. and Noah Georgeson on guitars) with spectacularly rich results. Unlike their debut, where the strong songwriting and performances were a bit overshadowed by the heavyweight guest appearances from Hope Sandoval, Colm O'Ciosoig and Joanna Newsom (it also came across in some press as a Devendra side project), Cabic comes fully into his own here, showcasing a sublime quality of world-weariness hewn from months on the road. It's exciting, after hearing their debut, which was years in the making, to not find the usual sophomore slump, but instead witness such naturally self-assured songwriting and arrangements. Opener, "Been So Long (Gb Fade)", a song first heard in a more acoustic arrangement on the Between EP, begins with a raga drone that spaciously opens up into fantastic sighing choral harmonies. In fact there is a subliminal pulsation to the whole album that really brings out Cabic's sweet vocals but also keeps them centrally present as the country tinged ambience of flutes and cellos (played with grace and restraint by Vetiver veteran, Alissa Anderson) swells and swirls around him. Country shuffler, "Won't Be Me" sounds like Yo La Tengo in a rare pop Americana moment while the sudden electric surge on "Red Lantern Girls" is pure shoegazer country-stomp acid folk. The closer "Down at El Rio" co-written with Devendra is so nostalgic and sad, a gorgeous gorgeous song. A long time record collector, and stellar DJ, Cabic mines his influences well. Less "freak-folk" than his friends and contemporaries, Cabic instead follows the compositional path of 70's singer-songwriters like J.J. Cale, Emitt Rhodes and John Phillips. It's a refreshing next step in the ever prevalent neo-folk scene. Beautiful and so totally recommended!

beautiful & unpretenious

I'm terrible at describing music, but I love this album so much I just have to try. I guess you could put it under the label of 'indie neo folk', the songs definitely have a folk side to them and most use an acoustic guitar. But they actually use a ton of other instruments and have a lot of older rock n' roll influence. The songs are simple but intelligent, and very beautiful. The vocals are extremely well-done without being really theatrical or fake. I can't think of anyone I WOULDN'T recommend this gorgeous little album too, it's definitely one of my favorite releases of 2006 so far.

A melodious stroll

This album is great. A breath of fresh air.

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...
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