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Vetiver (very special trio set)
Alex Bleeker and Friends, Wifi/Beach (members of Toro Y Moi, Mattson 2, Kid Trails), DJ Peaking Lights
Vetiver is what I’ve been calling my songs and recordings since about 2003 or so. I live in San Francisco, have since 1998. My touring band and the musicians I’ve recorded with over the years are always changing, though many friends and players have stayed with me over albums and tours. The one constant has been Thom Monahan who has engineered and co-produced every Vetiver album. Thom lives in L.A., where most of Complete Strangers was recorded.
The album came together slowly over demos at my home in San Francisco and quick trips to L.A., continuing on with Thom at his studio. It moved in fits and starts for a couple years. Once we had the basic arrangements we jumped in the studio with Bart Davenport, Gabe Noel and Josh Adams for a few days to put down rhythm tracks. That’s when the album really took shape. Thom & I fleshed everything out with a few more musicians in San Francisco & L.A. and eventually Complete Strangers arrived.
The songs on Complete Strangers bear some resemblance to the album’s title. They share things in common, but come from different places, different times. “Stranger Still” is an anthem for insomniacs, illuminating the hours when the world exceeds our grasp. “From Now On” rings out some emotional tinnitus, the moment a night runs away from you, when freedoms turn into responsibilities. The album builds around dualities, the way people pair at parties. “Current Carry” percolates with the confidence of love, while “Confiding” reveals how vulnerable we are chasing love. “Backwards Slowly” and “Edgar” are vignettes of transition, more ebb than flow. As with many of Vetiver’s better moments, sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy. An introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus. Subtlety tries to be outgoing, loneliness familiar, in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis.
I’m still figuring the album out. It feels like someone I’ve just met yet known for a long time.
– Andy Cabic
Alex Bleeker and Friends
Alex Bleeker, bassist for Real Estate, has announced the release of Bet Your Ass, his sixth album outside of that band and third as a solo artist.
The album, which will be released on July 23 via Death Records, is a collection of six of Bleeker’s songs that revolve around his recent move to the San Francisco Bay Area. As Bleeker says, “Make no mistake, this tape is 6 tracks of raw, hard-hitting outlaw country – bet your ass.”
DJ Peaking Lights
Peaking Lights Acid Test is a live instrumental disco dub version of Peaking Lights songs with APC (Aaron) solo handling the synths and manning the controls. Dance floor friendly, the tracks come off as Balearic upbeat and groovy with moving rhythms ranging from 80-124 bpm. The sets tend to have a nice arc as they build up in intensity.
P L.S.D. has played recently on WNYU’s Beats In Space as well as raves and underground dance parties around Los Angeles. Recently P L.S.D. has started touring, opening for Mike Simonetti at Brooklyn’s Output Club, playing the Resident Advisor Coachella after party, and come June will be embarking on an overseas tour in Europe.
More about Vetiver
VETIVER return in late Spring with their fifth album, "The Errant Charm", released 13th June on Bella Union records…
"The Errant Charm" is a superb soundtrack for an afternoon idyll. Vetiver bandleader Andy Cabic spent hours wandering the streets around San Francisco's Richmond District, listening to rough mixes, tinkering with lyrics and arrangements. The album opens with "It's Beyond Me", a slow boil of acoustic guitar and vintage keyboards over a roomy beat. Here you'll encounter almost every sonic idea showcased on "The Errant Charm", the album's universe distilled into one vibrant song.
As the summery "Can't You Tell" unfurls, you'll begin to pinpoint some of the album's unifying elements, the integration of drum machines and a washed-out, ambient guitar sound, peppered with jangly flourishes. Then there's "Hard To Break", the hazy, layered harmonies and sunlight-dappled guitar evoking fond memories of Fleetwood Mac circa 1982's "Mirage".
Cabic and producer Thom Monahan have already made four Vetiver records together and know each other's aesthetics well. It was time to experiment more, which was why Cabic didn't arrive at Monahan's Los Angeles studio with many completed songs. Instead, they started with lots of loose ideas and fleshed out the best bits. In some instances, they augmented or edited parts by themselves, and at other junctures they waited until the remaining Vetiver players could convene in one place to contribute. Those full band performances figure prominently in the album's driving midsection… "Right Away", "Wonder Why", "Ride, Ride, Ride"… each of these selections is more propulsive and rocking than the one before it. Certainly that was Cabic's intention for The Errant Charm, to push the dynamic range of Vetiver to previously unheard extremes.
The Errant Charm… Errant as in wayward, elusive. Wandering but not lost. Within that wandering, all manner of treasures waiting to be uncovered, and new ones that surface with each listen.
"TIGHT KNIT", Vetiver's fourth album, was released in March 2009 to much critical acclaim…
The languid sounds comes courtesy of Andy Cabic's quiet, sweetly dazed vocals and guitarist Devendra Banhart's delicate, rustic strumming. Vetiver has some overlap with Banhart's solo albums in that if you played it for a time traveler from 1911, they wouldn't freak out too badly, and it possesses a warmth that can't be faked. This should prove to be near ideal listening for the summer; great to lay back and drift off to when you're feeling heavy of limb and light of mind after a day out in the sun.
- Tom Forget/Bust
Centered around the delicate voice and guitar playing of songwriter Andy Cabic, Vetiver is a surreal and psychedelic take on indie folk. This is Vetiver's first performance in the East Bay AND the release date of their newest album, Thing Of The Past!