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4.0 out of 5 stars Fate has a way of showing, 29 April 2007
EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Between Ep (Audio CD)
Vetiver is perhaps one of the most sedate psych-folk bands you'll ever hear. And between two full-length albums, Andy Cabic and his band turned out a small, heartfelt EP named (appropriately enough) "Between," with a trio of little songs and two live performances.

"I can't believe that you're knockin'/knockin' on my door/oh it's been so long, been so long/fate has a way of showin'/where you belong," Cabic sings over some spare folky guitars and almost imperceptible flicker of keyboard. He sounds both surprised and a little depressed.

He follows it up with the alt-rocker "Save Me a Place," which mingles determined riffs and languid vocals, and the countryish "Busted (Brokedown Version)." And finally we get two live tracks: "Maureen" and "Belle," which sound basically the same as recorded Vetiver songs, but with worse acoustics.

With pals like Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, Vetiver seem kind of laid back and quiet. They don't have a reputation for quirkiness, any odd sound effects, or anything like that -- they just play pleasant little folk songs, with heartfelt lyrics and solid instrumentation.

Most of the music is formed from folky guitar, which can twang, strum or flow gently through the song, as well as some flickers of guitars, some subtle cello and violin, and what sounds like maracas in one song. And "Busted" has some solid percussion, mostly of the cymbal-tapping variety.

Cabic often sounds like he's locked in a bittersweet dream -- his pleasant vocals seem to drift away in some of the songs. And the lyrics he sings are usually quite solid, but full of the same bittersweet quality: "Don't know why I have to work/don't know why I can't play/turn me off, turn me out/but don't turn me away." He needs to avoid the twangy drawling sound in "Busted," though.

Vetiver kept fans sated between albums with the suitably named "Between" EP, a solid little collection with one less-than-satisfactory alternate version. Worth getting, though!
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