RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM
‘UP ON HIGH’
OUT NOVEMBER 1ST ON LOOSE
NEW SINGLE ‘TO WHO KNOWS WHERE’
UK & IRE LIVE DATES FOR DECEMBER
VETIVER has returned with the brand new single ‘To Who Knows Where’, now premiering via Flood. The track is taken from Andy Cabic’s new album ‘Up On High’, set for release on November 1st on Loose.
“How do you explain that you’re leaving again? Not even that you want to, but that you have to? Hearing playback of the basics we recorded live for this…bass, drums, acoustic guitar, scratch vocal…proved thatthis fundamental approach was the core of what would work for these songs, this album. I heard it here first.” – Andy Cabic, Vetiver on To Who Knows Where.
Andy Cabic’s musical being is, like many curious 21st century musicians, shaped and sustained by divergent tangents. Ifhe’s not crafting a melancholy folk rock diamond in his Northern California studio, he’s moving a dance floor with bossanova and house DJ sets, or helping curate a compilation of Japanese City Pop.
What’s magic about this new Vetiver LP Up On High is the way these tangents colour the ten songs without undermining a distinct move to more elemental, spacious and natural arrangements. At the heart of each of these ten songs is Cabic’svoice: sweet, tender and weathered – a welcome and soothing old friend if ever there was one. There are other familiar friends: the album also features longtime engineer and collaborator Thom Monahan and the same resourceful and versatile band that helped Cabic make the more dense and layered Complete Strangers from 2015.
Up On High was written on acoustic guitar. Having moved twice since Complete Strangers, increasingly accustomed to a life in and out of boxes, it was the easiest instrument to reach for in moments of inspiration. The basic tracking of the albumtook place over a few Spring days at a friend’s house in the high desert of California. This simple set-up captured the organic immediacy of a roomful of friends playing together on the floor. It’s alive and ever so subtly crackling with theintensity of a band working together, teasing out the melody and rhythms of songs with warmth and intimacy. Cabic and
Monahan took the fruits of this session to Los Angeles and finished the album at Monahan’s studio over the summer asother friends popped by to lend their talents.
This album reflects the world that Cabic created and lives in: Jorge Ben phrasings peek out from behind Tom Petty’s Wildflowers outtakes, a gentle jangle lifts whispers of REM’s Murmur on a breeze up from Compass Point Studios. But Up On High is most clearly Cabic and his band inhabiting the realm the band was born in—sleek, economical, soulful, and sometimes sadness-tinged melodies riding on the gentle choogle and sway of an ensemble moving in beautiful unison. This is an album that breathes with you in real, lived in, natural time.
UK / IRELAND TOUR DATES
06 Dec – DUBLIN Whelan’s
07 Dec – LIVERPOOL 81 Renshaw
08 Dec – MANCHESTER Yes
09 Dec – DURHAM Old Cinema Launderette 10 Dec – EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s
11 Dec – GLASGOW Mono
13 Dec – LEEDS Headrow House
14 Dec – BIRMINGHAM The Cuban Assembly 15 Dec – BRIGHTON The Brunswick
16 Dec – BRISTOL Rough Trade
17 Dec – LONDON Islington Academy 2
Vetiver’s Up On High is out 1st November 2019 on Loose on LP, CD & digital.
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