Boomkat Product Review:
With a line-up that includes Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom plus members of Mazzy Star and My Bloody Valentine, Andy Cabic's Vetiver were always going to attract attention beyond the usual 'outsider folk' scene - and based on new LP 'To Find Me Gone' on Fat Cat, any newcomers seduced by the names involved won't be asking for their money back. Suggesting that the protagonists have found themselves cooped up in many a tour-van since their 2004 debut, the songs on 'Vetiver' have a distinct flavour of the open-road; alternating between heartfelt missives on the passing of time, lost friendships and the longing for home. Markedly more textured and with an expansive studio sound that was only hinted at on their eponymous debut, 'To Find Me Gone' will appeal to anyone who has even a passing interest in the acoustic end of, well, anything, as pastoral, rock, tropicalia, folk, psyche, are all pressed through the Vetiver juicer and rendered into a delicious aural beverage. Outwardly fragile, 'To Find Me Gone' nonetheless has an FM core that benefits from the tentacle of contributors involved - verging at times on the territory of Fleetwood Mac ('Red Lantern Girls' & 'You May Be Blue'), countless pedal-steel impresarios ('No One Word') and even Credence Clearwater Revival ('I Know No Pardon'). Very much the project of Andy Cabic, particular highlights feature the boss-man in his most uninhibited form - with the stunning cello of 'No One Word', acoustic silt of 'Maureen' and the closing 'Down At El Rio' (where Cabic gets sultry with Banhart to dusky effect) causing a particular shudder of pleasure... Vetiver Underground!