Andy Cabic, Vetiver's singer-songwriter, hit writers block after the band's (excellent) second album, "To Find Me Gone" (2006). Unltimately he decided to abandon his seemingly fruitless efforts to come up with new and original material and instead decided to do an all-covers album. That album, last year's "Thing of the Past", turned out to be quite the treat as well (with such surprises as a cover of Hawkwind's "Hurry On Sundown"). Now then comes finally the new alsum with all original material.
"Tight Knit" (10 tracks; 42 min.) is a mood album from start to finish. The album's openner "Rolling Sea" sets the tone, with cabic's acoustic guitar providing the opening sounds. "Everyday" is as poppy as the album gets, and I can easily see it being used in some creative way for a commercial of some sort. "Down From Above" is a dreamy piece with just Cabic providing the guitar and keyboard sounds, it's one of my favorite tracks onhere. "Another Reason To Go" is perhaps the most surprising track on here, with even various wind instruments (Clavinet, trumpet, trombone) featured prominently, but somehow it all sounds great. It's clear that Andy Cabic has rediscovered his muse!
While this is as far out of the mainstream commercial music as you will find in the indie-rock-folk scene, this album is nevertheless easily accessible and listenable. It pleases the ears from the first to the last sounds, period. A very nice addition to the Vetiver catalog. If you wonder where you can hear these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that bring sthe best indie-music in the country, bar none. Meanwhile, "Tight Knit" is highly recommended!