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PLAYLIST: “Deep Cuts For Long Drives” –


San Francisco based Vetiver will be hitting the road this May, in support of their sixth studio release Complete Strangers, out March 24th 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. You can stream it now in full at EW

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.

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”


May 2: Mecca, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
May 4:  Denver, CO @ Bluebird *
May 5:  Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
May 6:  St.Paul, MN @ The Turf Club *
May 7:  Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
May 8:  Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Music *
May 9:  Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Tavern *
May 10: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live *
May 12: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
May 13:  New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom *
May 19: Zaragoza (SP) · Centro Cívico Delicias #
May 21: Barcelona (SP) · Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm #
May 23: Valencia (SP) · Las Naves #
May 25: Madrid (SP) · Teatro Lara #
May 27: Espinho (PT) · Auditorio de Espinho #
May 29: Lisboa (PT) · Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa #

* = w/ EDJ
# = denotes acoustic duo shows with Devendra Banhart
Complete Strangers
(Easy Sound)
Street Date: March 23, 2015
Formats: LP / Digital / CD
Pre-order here

Track List:

1    Stranger Still
2    From Now On
3    Current Carry
4    Confiding
5    Backwards Slowly
6    Loose Ends
7    Shadows Lane
8    Time Flies By
9     Edgar
10    Last Hurrah