The third single from Vetiver’s upcoming album Up On High is available now and comes in the form of Wanted, Never Asked. It’s “an ode to self-reflection, forgiveness and bird song, this tune captured a bit of the sun streaming in through the patio door,” says Vetiver’s Andy Cabic of the new song. “Not a lot of layers to this one; it shines on the surface.”
This may not be multi layered, rather a chilled out indie folk tune, that invokes feelings of lazy sunny days, which is welcomed as the nights draw in. It is the perfect follow up for the previous singles, To Who Knows Where and Swaying
Andy Cabic’s musical being is, like many curious 21st century musicians, shaped and sustained by divergent tangents. If he’s not crafting a melancholy folk rock diamond in his Northern California studio, he’s moving a dance floor with bossa nova and house DJ sets, or helping curate a compilation of Japanese City Pop.
What’s magic about this new Vetiver LP Up On High is the way these tangents colour the ten songs without undermining a distinct move to more elemental, spacious and natural arrangements. At the heart of each of these ten songs is Cabic’s voice: sweet, tender and weathered – a welcome and soothing old friend if ever there was one. There are other familiar friends: the album also features longtime engineer and collaborator Thom Monahan and the same resourceful and versatile band that helped Cabic make the more dense and layered Complete Strangers from 2015.
Up On High was written on acoustic guitar. Having moved twice since Complete Strangers, increasingly accustomed to a life in and out of boxes, it was the easiest instrument to reach for in moments of inspiration. The basic tracking of the album took place over a few Spring days at a friend’s house in the high desert of California. This simple set-up captured the organic immediacy of a roomful of friends playing together on the floor. It’s alive and ever so subtly crackling with the intensity of a band working together, teasing out the melody and rhythms of songs with warmth and intimacy. Cabic and Monahan took the fruits of this session to Los Angeles and finished the album at Monahan’s studio over the summer as other friends popped by to lend their talents. The warmth of the acoustic guitar is exemplified on To Who Knows Where.
This album reflects the world that Cabic created and lives in: Jorge Ben phrasings peek out from behind Tom Petty’s Wildflowers outtakes, a gentle jangle lifts whispers of REM’s Murmur on a breeze up from Compass Point Studios. But Up On High is most clearly Cabic and his band inhabiting the realm the band was born in—sleek, economical, soulful, and sometimes sadness-tinged melodies riding on the gentle choogle and sway of an ensemble moving in beautiful unison. This is an album that breathes with you in real, lived in, natural time.
Following a run of previously announced headlining UK shows in December, Vetiver will be opening for Devendra Banhart in shows throughout mainland Europe. Find the full list of tour dates below. Tickets are on sale now, here.
Vetiver UK Tour Dates
04 Dec – LONDON Spiritland DJ set
06 Dec – SHEFFIELD The HUBS
07 Dec – LIVERPOOL 81 Renshaw
08 Dec – MANCHESTER Yes
09 Dec – DURHAM Old Cinema Launderette
10 Dec – EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s
11 Dec – GLASGOW Mono
13 Dec – LEEDS Headrow House
14 Dec – BIRMINGHAM The Cuban Embassy
15 Dec – BRIGHTON The Brunswick
16 Dec – BRISTOL Rough Trade
17 Dec – LONDON O2 Academy2 Islington
Vetiver European Tour Dates With Devendra Banhart
22 Jan – WARSAW Palladium (PL)
24 Jan – BERLIN Tempodrom (DE)
25 Jan – PRAGUE Palac Akropolis (CZ)
26 Jan – LEIPZIG Felsenkeller (DE)
28 Jan – BRUSSELS AB (BE)
29 Jan – COLOGNE Carlswerk (DE)
30 Jan – AMSTERDAM Paradiso (NL)
01 Feb – ROTTERDAM Annabel (NL)
02 Feb – NIJMEGEN Doornroosje (NL)
05 Feb – PARIS Salle Pleyel (FR)*
08 Feb – ZURICH X-Tra (CH)*
09 Feb – MILAN Teatro Dal Verme (IT)
11 Feb – MADRID Sala Riviera (ES)
12 Feb – SAN SEBASTIAN Victoria Eugenia (ES)
13 Feb – BARCELONA Razzmatazz (ES)