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Vetiver (2004), 6.5/10
To Find Me Gone (2006), 5.5/10
Thing Of The Past (2008), 4/10
Tight Knit (2009), 5/10
The Errant Charm (2011) , 5/10

North Carolina's Raymond Brake were fronted by singer-songwriter Andy Cabic, and released the album Piles of Dirty Winters (Simple Machines, 1995), reminiscent of Polvo's and Archers of Loaf's alt-rock.

Vetiver, the brainchild of San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Andy Cabic, specialized in neo-hippy psychedelic-tinged chamber folk music. Cabic basically employed a trio of acoustic guitar, violin and cello for Vetiver (DiCristina Stair Builders, 2004), featuring guest appearances by the likes of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig.
Tracks: 1 Oh Papa X 2 Without A Song X 3 Farther On X 4 Amour Fou X 5 Pajaros Del Rio X 6 Amerilie X 7 Arboretum X 8 Angels' Share X Featuring - Hope Sandoval 9 Luna Sea X 10 Belles X 11 On A Nerve

The overcrowded psychedelic-folk scene of the mid 2000s hardly had room for recordings such as the lo-fi EP Between (DiCristina Stair Builders, 2005), with the original version of Been So Long.

However, To Find Me Gone (Di Christina, 2006) boasted a full-time rhythm section and therefore a more robust sound, occasionally approaching the of plaintive 1970s country-rock (Won't Be Me, the seven-minute and album standout Red Lantern Girls, Down at El Rio), although Alissa Anderson's flute and cello provided a bridge to the first album's more transcendental atmospheres (No One Word). The psychedelic-folk movement is rediscovering the wheel that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young discovered in 1969.

Things Of The Past (Gnomonsong, 2008) is a cover album.

Tight Knit (Sub Pop, 2009) was not a cover album but sounded like one. This is truly a collection of leftovers from the first two albums, aptly reworked in the vein of the classics that Vetiver had to memorize for the previous album. Their "freak" component was never as high as with other freak-folk acts, and this album virtually erased it, leaving a gentle flow of instrumental and vocal syrup that is the equivalent of lounge music for psychedelic folk. Rolling Sea is the best in this mellow mode, while More of This is the exception to the rule that could have been the template for a much more exciting album.

The Errant Charm (Sub Pop, 2011) was an equally slick tribute to the age of bubblegum hits (Ride Ride Ride above all).

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