Cabic and crew don't fail to impress with their interim project of covers, Thing of the Past. Though I'm anxious to hear some new Vetiver originals, this album gives a great perspective on the influences and sounds that have touched Cabic's songwriting. Feeling very much like an evening spent sitting in Cabic's living room listening to the kind of songs that can be played over and over; this release is almost autobiographical in nature. Some covers come as no shocker, with Townes Van Zandt, Loudon Wainwright III and 70's chanteuse Elyse fitting in amiably next to Vetiver's sun-soaked A.M. folk on your record shelf, but Cabic's real skill here lies in making tracks like the breezy opener, to Hawkwind's first album lie in perfectly right alongside these troubadour's classics. This album acts as a true curatorial project, it shows Cabic's personal taste as much as it show's how those tastes are integrated into his songwriting and for the most part he makes each song his own leaving this collection with an uncanny resemblance to an album of Vetiver originals. This just peaks my interest even further for that new full length (coming in '09) and leaves me feeling like Cabic and co. have shared something personal with us.
[MP3] Vetiver - Houses
[MP3] Vetiver - Road to Ronderlin
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