Vetiver is what singer-songwriter Andy Cabic has been calling his songs and recordings since about 2003 or so. He’s lived in San Francisco since 1998 and while the touring band and musicians he’s played with over the years have changed over the years, the one constant has been Thom Monahan who has engineered and co-produced every Vetiver album, the most recent being Complete Strangers.
The songs on Complete Strangers bear some resemblance to the album’s title. They share things in common but come from different places, different times.
As with many of Vetiver’s better moments, sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy. An introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus. Subtlety tries to be outgoing, loneliness familiar, in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis.