Vetiver To Play Rough Trade Instore
Vetiver’s latest album ‘Complete Strangers’ (available now) is a stunning collection, at once beautiful and fragile, sweeping and delicate, haunted and hopeful.
Vetiver mainman Andy Cabic says of the new release “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 and I fleshed everything out with a few more musicians in San Francisco and 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.”