California freak-folk ambassadors Vetiver might be one of underground rock’s best kept secrets, but the quintet’s concert on Tuesday night proved this shouldn’t be the case for much longer.
San Francisco neo-folkies Vetiver have long paid tribute to their acoustic-music forefathers and mothers by sharing the studio and the stage with them. The group’s new, all-covers album, “A Thing Of The Past,” takes this hero worship a step further and in the process, makes them inspirations for the next generation.
Thanks to their masterful 2004 releases, singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart and one-man-band Iron And Wine have set themselves as among the leaders of an acoustic music revival in the chic rock underground. David assesses if the pair’s latest albums have them turning up anything new.
Too long surrounded by an army of like-minded longhairs, singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart is beginning to outgrow his handle as the prophet of “freak folk.” His new album documents a maturing artist who has grown into a songwriter and performer of surprising utility.