The Errant Charm
On 2008's Things Of The Past, Vetiver's Andy Cabic covered songs recorded in the 1960s and 1970s - a variation on what he'd been doing as a songwriter since his 2005 debut. His latest does more, coloring his studied folk-rock with vintage keyboard drones, vocal effects, and drum machines that erase his tracks nicely. "Can't You Tell" starts out like a Beach House jam, then catches a breezy Latin groove. "Ride Ride Ride," a candidate for the heaviest Vetiver track yet, seems a weird but tasty mix of the Velvet Underground and Grand Funk Railroad. Cabic's vocals, always low-key, are nearly ambient here, letting you take what you need and leave the rest.
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