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.
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.
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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