Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Vetiver: New Record, Fall Tour

Vetiver at the Great American Music Hall, from the HAD Archive

We've been fans of Vetiver ever since we stumbled upon To Find Me Gone some 5-odd years ago. Lucky for us, the band is stil going full speed ahead, delivering their own unique brand of pop infused folk (or is it folk infused pop?), and creating records that not only appeal on first listen, but also unquestionably stand the test of time.

Given that, we were a tad embarassed to realize that the band had released a fantastic new record, and it had completely slid under our radar. Entitled The Errant Charm (cover above), the record is the band's poppiest work to date. It takes the easy-going accessibility of Tight Knit, and brings it even closer to "everyone you know will love this record" territory. Not to worry: the band's hallmark mellow-ambient vibe is still firmly in tact. It's simply resting on a bed of even more lushly produced tracks that truly maximize its potential.

In addition to the record, the band has also released a fantastic stop-motiony video for "Wonder Why" (above), and is heading out on tour across the US this fall. After the Outside Lands festival last week, the band will hit the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, and then head out through the midwest, down the east coast, and then back home. Given the strength of the new record, we would only stand to double our standing recommendation for Vetiver: get out there. These folks are creating some fantastic tunes, and can represent on a stage. It's well worth your while.

mp3: Vetiver - Wonder Why
mp3: Vetiver - Can't You Tell

Vetiver Fall 2011 Dates

September 3 - Bumbershoot Festival - Seattle
September 6 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
September 7 - The Mill - Iowa City, IA
September 8 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
September 9 - Southgate House - Newport, KY
September 10 - Mr. Smalls Theater - Pittsburg, PA
September 11 - Tiger Mountain & Truck Festival - Big Indian, NY
September 12 - Middle East - Cambridge, MA
September 13 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
September 14 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
September 15 - Black Cat - Washington DC
September 17 - Motorco - Durham, NC
September 19 - Off Broadway - St. Louis, MO
September 20 - Jackpot - Lawrence, KS
September 22 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
September 24 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
September 26 - Flying M - Nampa, ID
September 27 - The Belltower - Pullman, WA