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Vetiver new single ‘Wonder Why’ out 6th June

| On 27, May 2011

With their gorgeously summery fifth album, “The Errant Charm”, due for release 13th June on Bella Union, Vetiver announce the release of “Wonder Why”, the album’s first single. “Wonder Why” is released 6th June

“The Errant Charm” is a superb soundtrack for an afternoon idyll. Vetiver bandleader Andy Cabic spent hours wandering the streets around San Francisco’s Richmond District, listening to rough mixes, tinkering with lyrics and arrangements. As the summery “Can’t You Tell” unfurls, you’ll begin to pinpoint some of the album’s unifying elements, the integration ofdrum machines and a washed-out, ambient guitar sound, peppered with jangly flourishes. Then there’s “Hard To Break”, the hazy, layered harmonies and sunlight-dappled guitar evoking fond memories of Fleetwood Mac circa 1982’s“Mirage”.
Cabic and producer Thom Monahan have already made four Vetiver records together and know each other’s aesthetics well. It wastime to experiment more, which was why Cabic didn’t arrive at Monahan’s LosAngeles studio with many completed songs. Instead, they started with lots of loose ideas and fleshed out the best bits. In some instances, they augmented or edited parts by themselves, and at other junctures they waited until the remaining Vetiver players could convene in one place to contribute. Those full band performances figure prominently in the album’s driving midsection… “Right Away”, “Wonder Why”, “Ride, Ride, Ride”… each of these selections is more propulsive and rocking than the one before it. Certainly that was Cabic’s intention for The Errant Charm, to push the dynamic range of Vetiver to previously unheard extremes.
The Errant Charm… Errant as in wayward, elusive. Wandering but not lost. Within that wandering, all manner of treasures waiting to be uncovered, and new ones that surface with each listen.

“TIGHT KNIT”, Vetiver’s fourth album, was released in March 2009 to much critical acclaim…
“Tight Knit is a beautiful, lazy album of befogged west coast dreams… Cabic’s amiable, balmy voice sings of freedom and escape… The perfect getaway”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“Their most melodically accomplished and wide ranging effort yet… the delicate arrangements provide an object lesson in the virtues of understatement.”
Q Magazine – 4 Stars ****
“Tight Knit is a magical country-rock journey, by turns cosmically speculative and upliftingly joyous.”
Telegraph – 4 Stars ****
“an album steeped in love, peace and understanding, full of fond backward glances at less antagonistic times”
The Independent – 4 Stars ****
“Vetiver have reaped a bumper harvest on this fourth album”
The Times – 4 Stars ****
“From silky, peppermint-pop bliss to hip-swivelling, jazz-breath excitations… A literally lovely record”
“Slide away into a reverie with subtle pedal steel wheels, gentle tremolo and Cabic’s powdery West Coast vox… Bliss.”
Rocksound – 9/10
“A delicately rendered, personal vision of West Coast rock… Lovingly shaped melodies gently evoke a rich range of moods and feeling… Classy.”
Mirror – 4 Stars ****

Vetiver will be touring the UK in late June and early July, those dates below…
Tuesday 28 June – BRIGHTON – Komedia (£10)
Wednesday 29 June – LONDON – XOYO (£12.50)
Thursday 30 June – READING – South Street Arts Centre (£10)
Saturday 2 July – LIVERPOOL – Mojo (£13)
Sunday 3 July – LEEDS – The Brudenell Social Club (£10)
Tuesday 5 July – MANCHESTER – Band OnThe Wall (£12)
Wednesday 6 July – NOTTINGHAM – The Glee Club (£13)