NEW VETIVER ALBUM ‘UP ON HIGH’ OUT NOW
VETIVER TO TOUR EUROPE NEXT MONTH
Vetiver’s new album ‘Up On High’ is out now. The album, Vetiver’s seventh and their first on Loose, has received high praise from critics, described as, “a beautiful offering, a sumptuous piece of acoustic pop” (Clash Magazine) and “wonderful songwriting excellently delivered” (Americana-UK).
Vetiver will be returning to Europe in January 2020 in support of Devendra Banhart. Following a run of previously announced headlining UK shows in December, Vetiver will be opening for Banhart in shows throughout mainland Europe. Find the full list of tour dates below. Tickets are on sale now, here.
Vetiver European Tour Dates
*with Devendra Banhart
06 Dec – SHEFFIELD The HUBS (UK)
07 Dec – LIVERPOOL 81 Renshaw (UK)
08 Dec – MANCHESTER Yes (UK)
09 Dec – DURHAM Old Cinema Launderette (UK)
10 Dec – EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s (UK)
11 Dec – GLASGOW Mono (UK)
13 Dec – LEEDS Headrow House (UK)
14 Dec – BIRMINGHAM The Cuban Embassy (UK)
15 Dec – BRIGHTON The Brunswick (UK)
16 Dec – BRISTOL Rough Trade (UK)
17 Dec – LONDON O2 Academy2 Islington (UK)
22 Jan – WARSAW Palladium (PL)*
24 Jan – BERLIN Tempodrom (DE)*
25 Jan – PRAGUE Palac Akropolis (CZ)*
26 Jan – LEIPZIG Felsenkeller (DE)*
28 Jan – BRUSSELS AB (BE)*
29 Jan – COLOGNE Carlswerk (DE)*
30 Jan – AMSTERDAM Paradiso (NL)*
01 Feb – ROTTERDAM Annabel (NL)*
02 Feb – NIJMEGEN Doornroosje (NL)*
05 Feb – PARIS Salle Pleyel (FR)*
08 Feb – ZURICH X-Tra (CH)*
09 Feb – MILAN Teatro Dal Verme (IT)*
11 Feb – MADRID Sala Riviera (ES)*
12 Feb – SAN SEBASTIAN Victoria Eugenia (ES)*
13 Feb – BARCELONA Razzmatazz (ES)*
15 Feb – PORTO Hard Club (PT)*
16 Feb – LISBON Capitolio Lisbon (PT)*
Vetiver – Up On High
Andy Cabic’s musical being is, like many curious 21st century musicians, shaped and sustained by divergent tangents. If he’s not crafting a melancholy folk rock diamond in his Northern California studio, he’s moving a dance floor with bossa nova 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’s voice: 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 album took 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 the intensity 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 as other 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.
Vetiver’s Up On High is out now on Loose on LP, CD and digital.