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+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
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+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
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+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
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+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
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+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
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+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
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+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
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DiCristina Stair Builders

The folk-revival revival has finally been given the crossover nod, with weirdo outsider-folk somehow becoming the hip sound of ought-four. Ever since the pop-cultural populace had something the Americkns called "electronica" crammed down the collective craw in the mid-'90s, there's been a folk renaissance a-brewin'; working with musical primitivism and respect for oral-traditions acts, akin to rebellion in the digital culture, that reigned as the millennium wound down to its anticlimactic conclusion. Until recently, the clearest signs of such a movement were communes of wacked-out weirdos — the Tower Recordings, the Sunburned Hand of the Man, Six Organs of Admittance — cultivating a community whose calloused hands tilled the soil with heart and soul, helping the flowery-underground scene/sound to grow and grow. This revivalism finally found its poster boy in Devendra Banhart, the handsome, highly idiosyncratic, home-recording freeform folkie whose vocal pitch regularly cops descriptions like Marc-Bolan-meets-Tiny-Tim. With an XL deal selling him and his Vashti-Bunyan-guesting second album to the world at large, Banhart is soon to be beyond huge; which, in turn, will mean that this Vetiver record, essentially a vehicle for San Franciscan songsmith Andy Cabic, is bound to find an eager audience. Banhart helps out as guitarist, backing vocalist, and fully-fledged band-member in Vetiver, even co-authoring a couple cuts on this debut longplayer. He's not the only notable name, with Hope Sandoval and Colm O'Ciosoig of the Warm Inventions (and formerly of Mazzy Star and My Bloody Valentine respectively, of course) and debutante-of-the-year Joanna Newsom all guesting, too. But it's really Cabic's show, and he mines a line in quiet folk with a clean croon; he seems to have spent his time taking in early Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Skip Spence, and likely J.J. Cale, too. On this debut, Cabic eschews using percussion — save for moments where he fashions rudimentary rhythm from stomping — and, instead, drapes his six-stringing fingerpicking in plentiful strings, chugs of locomotive cello and mournful fiddling often coloring Vetiver's songs. Like Iron & Wine songsmith Sam Beam — an easy and accurate comparison — Cabic alternates between pretty folk songs and laggard blues laments; and, under Banhart's sway, he even moves into strumming simplicity and Spanish singing on a couple cuts. But, for me, the best songs here are a pair of playful miniatures: "Farther On," with its whimsical fingerpicking and chorus'd vocals; and "Arboretum," a sweet ode to driving through a leafy sanctuary that shows Cabic, clutching his chosen performance moniker, has a botanist's mind to go with his hippie's heart.

by Anthony Carew

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