Friday, May 16, 2008

Vetiver - A Thing of the Past (2008)

Andy Cabic's Vetiver has come out with their third release this year, and it is not a disappointment for audiences of the young folk movement often epitomized by Devendra Banhart, who frequently plays with Vetiver. However, what's arrestingly new is that it's a whole album covers. This comes across all the more natural for folk musicians, where so much of the genre is based on direct borrowing and reworking of existing material. Yet as covers, they are subject to comparisons to the originals, but I'll leave it up to you to sort out which you prefer. Of my favorites are the mildly sappy "To Baby" and the upbeat traveling song "Blue Driver" written by Michael Hurley, who has a guest spot on the album. Also of note, Vashti Bunyan is featured as a guest; logically so after Vetiver accopomanied her latest tour. I recommend this for an outdoorsy day or for a mellow break from one less outdoors-filled than you'd like. So you can know the songwriters I'll put the track listing with their names:
Houses [Elyse Weinberg]
Roll on Babe [Derroll Adams]
Sleep a Million Years [Dia Joyce]
Hook & Ladder [Norman Greenbaum]
To Baby [Biff Rose]
Road to Ronderlin [Ian Matthews]
Lon Chaney [Garland Jeffreys]
Hurry on Sundown [Dave Brock, Hawkwind]
Swimming Song [Loudon Wainwright III]
Blue Driver [Michael Hurley]
Standing [Towns Van Zandt]
I Must Be in a Good Place Now [Bobby Charles]

To be had here (320 kbps):
Vetiver - A Thing of the Past

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