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More Of The Past by Vetiver

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Reviewed on 9th January 2009.

 
 

More Of The Past

By Vetiver

This EP gets off to a sweeping start with Wizard's 'See you tonight'. This first song delivers psych-folk in such a captivating manner that the chorus will be going round like a Ferris wheel in your head all afternoon.

To follow, 'Hey Doll Baby' is reminiscent of American music of the 60's. This affectionate cover of 'The Everly Brothers' is captured by jubilant guitar, dexterous drumming and velvety vocals.

Nothing could be more country folk than what comes next; 'Before the Sun Goes Down' is a slow, serene ballad of just a man and his guitar - or in this case a banjo.

'Just to Have You' is effortlessly beautiful. Caibic's quaking voice brings a lump to the throat, and the closing female harmonies resemble Kimya Dawson, and can only be described as a triumph. Vetiver achieves a concoction here so pleasing that it's easy to forget that this is a knock off.

Things get slightly too sedate with 'Hills of the Isle au Haut', however the curtain call of A.R Kane's 'Miles Apart' is the high point of the EP. A lulling bass textures the acoustic arrangement, whilst Wurlitzer keys shimmer all over the track.

For many bands, covers are a curse. On the contrary, Vetiver has managed to make us forget that any other versions are in existence. Bewitching.

 

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