VETIVER

Vetiver by Alissa Anderson 2019

Up on High (2019)

Andy Cabic’s musical being is, like many curious 21st century musicians, shaped and sustained by divergent tangents. If he’s not crafting a melancholy folk rock diamond in his Northern California studio, he’s moving a dance floor with bossa nova and house DJ sets, or helping curate a compilation of Japanese City Pop.

 

What’s magic about this new Vetiver LP Up On High is the way these tangents colour the ten songs without undermining a distinct move to more elemental, spacious and natural arrangements. At the heart of each of these ten songs is Cabic’s voice: sweet, tender and weathered – a welcome and soothing old friend if ever there was one. There are other familiar friends: the album also features longtime engineer and collaborator Thom Monahan and the same resourceful and versatile band that helped Cabic make the more dense and layered Complete Strangers from 2015.

 

Up On High was written on acoustic guitar. Having moved twice since Complete Strangers, increasingly accustomed to a life in and out of boxes, it was the easiest instrument to reach for in moments of inspiration. The basic tracking of the album took place over a few Spring days at a friend’s house in the high desert of California. This simple set-up captured the organic immediacy of a roomful of friends playing together on the floor. It’s alive and ever so subtly crackling with the intensity of a band working together, teasing out the melody and rhythms of songs with warmth and intimacy. Cabic and Monahan took the fruits of this session to Los Angeles and finished the album at Monahan’s studio over the summer as other friends popped by to lend their talents.

 

This album reflects the world that Cabic created and lives in: Jorge Ben phrasings peek out from behind Tom Petty’s Wildflowers outtakes, a gentle jangle lifts whispers of REM’s Murmur on a breeze up from Compass Point Studios. But Up On High is most clearly Cabic and his band inhabiting the realm the band was born in—sleek, economical, soulful, and sometimes sadness-tinged melodies riding on the gentle choogle and sway of an ensemble moving in beautiful unison. This is an album that breathes with you in real, lived in, natural time.

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Vetiver - Up On High

Artist: Vetiver

Title: Up On High

Release date: 1 November 2019

Catalogue no.: VJCD251

Formats: CD / digital / heavyweight vinyl

 

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1. The Living End
2. To Who Knows Where
3. Swaying
4. All We Could Want
5. Hold Tight

6. Wanted, Never Asked
7. A Door Shuts Quick
8. Filigree
9. Up On High
10. Lost (In Your Eyes)

UP ON HIGH (2019)

“Nursing you back to equilibrium with its sumptuous balm of laid back-growers, Up On High is a near perfect hangover record”
★★★★
MOJO

“easy-going folk rock and Malibu-ready soul pop”
“with their warmth and grace, “Wanted, Never Asked” and “Filigree” are two of several songs here that rank with Cabic’s finest”
UNCUT

“Andy Cabic’s Vetiver have been keeping a low profile for a few years, but this gorgeously laid-back album revives them as a force to be reckoned with”
“the perfect winter album”
★★★★
THE TIMES

“the perfect soundtrack for this time of year”
THE SUNDAY TIMES

“one of Vetiver’s finest efforts since forming 17 years ago”
★★★★
THE SUN

“Vetiver hit a high. The album that should bring Vetiver many more listeners; wonderful songwriting excellently delivered”
8/10
AMERICANA-UK

“Like Vetiver’s best work (alongside which this album certainly stands), Up on High showcases the work of a veteran songsmith who realized the beauty of capturing and then sharing a musical moment.”
NO DEPRESSION

“…regardless of the sound path chosen from song to song, it is always like an oasis of peaceful ease and good vibes amid the uncomfortable, mad scenes found outside the Vetiverse.”
TINY MIX TAPES

“…the culmination of everything we’ve long loved about Vetiver, complete with a woodsy acoustic guitar riff, Cabic’s calming whisper-vocals and lovely, longing lyrics.”
PASTE

“a masterful collection of psych-folk tunes and one of the best albums of their career.”
GLIDE MAGAZINE

“He knows how to master the kind of understated romanticism that – once it gets captured on tape – never fails to tuck its listeners in, away from the madness. Restrained and delicate, Up On High is a treat for lovers of breezy indie-folk”
★★★★
SHINDIG MAGAZINE

“There’s a warm and gentle vibe with Andy Cabic’s latest offering… [songs with a] pleasing ability to stick with you.”
★★★★
SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS

“a San Francisco type given to penning warm and neo-psychy tunes. For his latest he’s really went to town with the spacious arrangement side of things for songs that are given room to breathe, his sweet vocals very much to the fore.”
THE CRACK

“a beautiful offering, a sumptuous piece of acoustic pop that is finely crafted in its approach… A sculpted piece of golden hued songwriting”
SONG OF THE DAY
CLASH

“lean, smooth and soulful…a deeply rewarding listen”
★★★★
THE LONDON GAZETTE

“Mixing pop with Americana and touches of Al Green and Josh Rouse, Vetiver take big swings on their new album.”
“What a wonderful record”
★★★★★
NARC

“Up on High sees Vetiver make the best album of their career, and just about the sweetest Sunday morning record you’ve ever heard”
★★★★★
THE SKINNY

“the album radiates a warm, hushed vibe which holds the listener in a suspended animation at magic-hour throughout”
RNR

“a collection of songs that are warm, intimate and utterly captivating.”
GET INTO THIS

“Andy Cabic and company have never felt more at home and in charge”
“That they make it all sound so effortless is a testament to how well they have mastered their craft”
FOR FOLK’S SAKE

“An acoustic jingle jangly, folky power poppy delight!”
LONESOME HIGHWAY

“an incredibly rewarding listen as we begin to batten down the hatches and retreat into hibernation mode because here is an album that will keep you warm on the coldest of nights.”
★★★★
THANK FOLK FOR THAT

★★★★
VINYL CHAPTERS

“Mellow folk with tinges of soft rock and country about lovin’, leavin’, searchin’ and stayin’ from Andy Cabic… lovely tunes”
BUZZ MAGAZINE

“Stirring, individual, but true to its own design, Up On High is an experience of harmony.”
★★★★
LIVERPOOL SOUND & VISION

“Vetiver gets intimate by addressing one person at a time. This music is for dancing alone in one’s mind rather than with a companion.”
POP MATTERS

“…Vetiver has always been an outlet for tidy, pop-oriented singles and lushly produced folk numbers flirting with psychedelia.”
FLOOD

“It’s a clear and focused return to the peaks the band found in the mid-2000s, and as enjoyable a listen as the best of their work.”
ALL MUSIC

“The music is by necessity minimal, written on acoustic guitar and mostly recorded live as Cabic finds his footing in what’s most familiar: jangly guitars, weightless melodies and images of palm trees swaying.”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Take a break from this craziness of everyday life and drift into Vetiver’s world; Up On High is as good a starting place as any for entry into their vast superb catalogue.”
AMERICANA HIGHWAYS

“Warm and organic…”
KCRW

“Recorded in a cabin in Joshua Tree, the new songs are sun-soaked with relaxed, back-to-basics strumming…”
SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT

“The sound is rooted in folk-rock, though these fresh ten selections expand the template with touches of soft rock, college rock, indie rock, and classic rock intermittently nodding toward country rock.”
THE VINYL DISTRICT

“The record is a comfort for the soul in troubled times, and honestly that’s something we could all use time and again.”
RAVEN SINGS THE BLUES