Vetiver

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
San Francisco's Vetiver which is a sweet kind of Indian grass that now grows in California is the brainchild of songwriter Andy Cabic Simple Machines. Vetiver began as a trio featuring Cabic singing and playing guitar and banjo with cellist Alissa Anderson and violinist Jim Gaylord. Savant folk prodigy Devendra Banhart joined in 2003, adding a second guitar to the mix. Produced by Cabic with Thom Monahan, Vetiver's self-titled debut is a stark yet lovely affair of shimmering acoustic melodies and intimate songs that don't mope but gush with a kind of blissful grace. Other instruments such as bass, piano, harp, and even drums are added on select tracks. The breezy, lilting ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
San Francisco's Vetiver which is a sweet kind of Indian grass that now grows in California is the brainchild of songwriter Andy Cabic Simple Machines. Vetiver began as a trio featuring Cabic singing and playing guitar and banjo with cellist Alissa Anderson and violinist Jim Gaylord. Savant folk prodigy Devendra Banhart joined in 2003, adding a second guitar to the mix. Produced by Cabic with Thom Monahan, Vetiver's self-titled debut is a stark yet lovely affair of shimmering acoustic melodies and intimate songs that don't mope but gush with a kind of blissful grace. Other instruments such as bass, piano, harp, and even drums are added on select tracks. The breezy, lilting textures created by the plucked and bowed strings are startling for their sonorities and timeless, shimmering resonances. Cabic's thin, reedy voice which in some places -- "Amour Fou" is a case in point -- is reminiscent of Marc Bolan's hippy mystic period seems to float between them rather than on top of them, and his songs, with their old-world rootsiness, are equal parts Stephen Foster, folk-blues, underground Southern music á la Norman Blake, and just the right modicum of indie emotionalism. It makes for a beautifully odd concoction. Banhart is on board as a guitarist here, so none of his quirkiness is evident in the band's sound. But his backing vocals add a kind of radiant, somewhat otherworldly depth to the proceedings. This is an impressive, summery debut that is worth not only seeking out, but also playing until you can whistle along to it. Standout tracks include the aforementioned "Amour Fou," "Amerellie," "Luna Sea," "Belles," and "Oh Papa."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Dicristina Stair
  • UPC: 655035400228
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 138,199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh Papa (2:38)
  2. 2 Without a Song (4:36)
  3. 3 Farther On (2:49)
  4. 4 Amour Fou (4:34)
  5. 5 Los Pajaros del Rio (3:44)
  6. 6 Amerilie (3:14)
  7. 7 Arboretum (1:58)
  8. 8 Angels' Share (4:21)
  9. 9 Luna Sea (4:17)
  10. 10 Belles (5:06)
  11. 11 On a Nerve (7:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vetiver Primary Artist
Craig Koozer Bass, Bass Guitar
Colm O'Ciosoig Drums
Hope Sandoval Vocals
Andy Cabic Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Devendra Banhart Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Joanna Newsom Harp
Nick Holdzkom Piano
Alissa Anderson Cello
Nick Holdzkom Piano
Jim Gaylord Violin
Technical Credits
Steve Swallow Composer
Thom Monahan Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Andy Cabic Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Devendra Banhart Composer
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