vetiver A Thing of the Past (CD, £13.75)label: gnomonsong
A set of cover versions of songs by some of bandleader Andy Cabic’s favourite artists, the album offers a joyful and intriguing insight into some of the music that has inspired and informed the band, whilst remaking the songs very much in their own image and existing as a stunning and coherent opus in its own right. Andy wanted to share songs which were favourites of his and his circle of friends, and perform them with a reverence and appreciation for their finer qualities; the lyrical and sonic nuances which keep him returning to them time and again for inspiration. The album includes contributions from two of Andy’s heroes, Vashti Bunyan (who duets on ‘Sleep A Million Years’) and Michael Hurley (who does likewise on his own ‘Blue Driver’). ‘A Thing Of The Past’ will appeal to fans of Vashti Bunyan, Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, amongst others, as well as classic rock acts such as Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, et al, plus similar projects such as Cat Power’s ‘Jukebox’.
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