Thursday, May 7, The Frequency, 8 pm
Vetiver is the ongoing folk project of Andy Cabic and his rotating cast of supporting musicians. The group’s latest record, Complete Strangers, was fleshed out in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. As the name implies, the collected songs recall different times, places and moods but can be mistaken for nothing but a Vetiver work. With Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats).
Majestic Live presents
May 7 Thu
at The Frequency
Eric Johnson of The Fruit Bats
$17 Day of Show
*ID Required for Entry
*On Sale 3/13 at 11am!
Doors at 7:00pm
Show at 8:00pm
San Francisco based Vetiver will be hitting the road this May, in support of their sixth studio release Complete Strangers, out March 24 on Easy Sound Recording Company. The album marks the first release since 2011's The Errant Charm and May will be the first full-band tour since 2012.
Andy Cabic, at the heart of the project, describes Vetiver as, simply, "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."
On the album, Cabic says, "The songs on Complete Strangers 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."
To celebrate the latest collection of songs released under the Vetiver moniker, Cabic & co -- an entirely new cast of players -- will embark on a 10-day US tour, kicking off at the Desert Daze Festival in Mecca, CA and ending in New York at Bowery Ballroom. EDJ [Eric D. Johnson of the Fruit Bats], his Easy Sound label mate, will support all shows and also is one of the bandmates to Cabic in this current incarnation of Vetiver.
The tour will mark the first time this collection of new songs -- which Vogue calls "a once-familiar sound that builds and expands, prompting you to realize that, somewhere along the way, you have maybe grown and discovered a little too" -- will be performed live.
Shortly after, Andy will then play a series of intimate concerts in Spain and Portugal with friend and frequent collaborator Devendra Banhart. A tour that has in the recent past brought the two on a intimate California jaunt in 2014 as well as the first of these tours, which occurred throughout Japan in 2012.
Stream "Current Carry" now at VOGUE http://vogue.cm/1MrAc78 and "Loose Ends" now at STEREOGUM http://bit.ly/1C3iAvg
And finally, check out this fantastic playlist pulled from the depths of YouTube and curated by Andy. Songs for the wide open road... "Andy Cabic's Deep Cuts for Long Drives" http://bit.ly/18zdbQm