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Sunday 24 November 2019

Up On High: Vetiver's Andy Cabic Is Gearing Up To Deliver A Unique & Intimate Solo Show In Brighton

Following the release of his seventh studio album Up On High, Vetiver is heading out to Brighton, next month. In something of a rarity, the upcoming date (part of a UK tour) will see Andy Cabic taking to the stage without the accompaniment of his backing band.

"Closing out this year with my first time touring solo, in the UK. Couldn't be more excited for you to hear the songs the way I heard them when I initially wrote them."

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 bossanova and house DJ sets, or helping curate a compilation of Japanese City Pop.

What's different 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. 

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 longtime engineer and collaborator, Thom 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.

Vetiver's Andy Cabic plays The Brunswick, Hove, on Sunday 15th December 2019. CLICK HERE for details and tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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