Friends of Friends – Five minutes with Vetiver

Photo by Alissa Anderson

Sloucher’s PM was lucky enough to catch up with Vetiver brainbox/band leader Andy Cabic after the band’s recent gig in Brighton (here’s a shameless plug for our review). The band is touring to support the release of new record The Errant Charm, which has already scored the accolade of ‘Best summer album of 2011’ in the Sloucher offices. Check it!
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By the Rolling Sea

 Live review: Vetiver @ Komedia, Brighton, 28.06.11
Supported by: Chris T-T, Marques Toliver

Vetiver’s Andy Cabic @ Big Sur, 2011

This unreliable ‘reporter’ (of sorts) will have to hold my hands up and apologise because I managed to miss the first support act of the evening, Chris T-T, whilst I was grappling with the public transport systems in Brighton. Sorry Chris!

However I did make it to Komedia in time to see the second support act, Marques Toliver who is originally from New York but is now based in London. Toliver has an incredible, soulful voice with a huge vocal range. He plays charmingly honest lo-fi songs, using only his voice and a violin/glockenspiel, and at points comes down off the stage to sing and play without mics. Toliver has an engaging personality, but mostly it’s his expressive voice that has won over the audience this evening.
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Yodelling Hillbillies/Kindred Symphonies



As a professed fan of the psyc-folk phenomenon I still can’t help but roll my eyes when something, someone, some band, come ‘Devendra Banhart approved’. Don’t get me wrong I love the rambling lunatic as much as the next person (he’s an alt-jesus prophet for a worrying proportion of music lovers) but the assumption that everything he touches turns to gold dust is a  fragment of a somewhat skewed reality.

But then again, Vetiver aren’t just gold dust, they are a thousand gold bullions buried in a forgotten hurricane shelter, a thousand memories of folk-bands gone by, sculpted into the enlightened, liberal new-wave folk musicians they are today…
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