The new folk movement, driven largely by San Francisco artists Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart and spacier bands like Brightback Morning Light showcase a kind “freeness” and eclecticism, reminiscent of the ethos propagated by the 60’s era Bay Area bands. Vetiver, a kind of super group of the above-mentioned artists, is really a band built around the songs and silky sweet vocals of Andy Cabic. In many ways this is the easiest, most accessible of the new folk records yet.
“To Find Me Gone” is a gently strummed, largely acoustic masterpiece that just kind of meanders in no particular hurry, but blanketed with emotions. To imply that the album exists somewhere between those Nick Drake and Elliot Smith would be a bit of a simplification, but as general points of reference they make some sense. On this, the second full length, you will hear the strings, piano, a hushed drums and guitars that grace the music of these earlier icons, but of course Vetiver is something new in addition to being something old refashioned.
Although some might dismiss the 11 songs on “To Find Me Gone” as charming background music, to me it is essential headphone or driving music, to be heard as an album from beginning to end, again and again.
8.5 out of 10