Vetiver + Alexia Avina / Gullivers, Manchester / Fri 8 Jul

Fri Jul 08 2022 at 07:30 pm

Gullivers NQ | Manchester

Alexia Avina
Publisher/HostAlexia Avina
Vetiver + Alexia Avina \/ Gullivers, Manchester \/ Fri 8 Jul
Andy Cabic’s musical being is, like many curious 21st Century musicians, shaped and sustained by divergent tangents. If he’s not crafting a melancholy folk-rock diamond in his Northern California studio, he’s moving a dance floor with bossa nova and house DJ sets, or helping curate a compilation of Japanese City Pop.
What’s magic about the latest Vetiver LP, Up On High, is the way these tangents colour the ten songs without undermining a distinct move to more elemental, spacious and natural arrangements. At the heart of each of these ten songs is Cabic’s voice: sweet, tender and weathered – a welcome and soothing old friend if ever there was one. There are other familiar friends: the album also features long-time engineer and collaborator Thom Monahan and the same resourceful and versatile band that helped Cabic make the more dense and layered Complete Strangers from 2015.
Up On High was written on acoustic guitar. Having moved twice since Complete Strangers, increasingly accustomed to a life in and out of boxes, it was the easiest instrument to reach for in moments of inspiration. The basic tracking of the album took place over a few Spring days at a friend’s house in the high desert of California. This simple set-up captured the organic immediacy of a roomful of friends playing together on the floor. It’s alive and ever so subtly crackling with the intensity of a band working together, teasing out the melody and rhythms of songs with warmth and intimacy. Cabic and Monahan took the fruits of this session to Los Angeles and finished the album at Monahan’s studio over the summer as other friends popped by to lend their talents.
This album reflects the world that Cabic created and lives in: Jorge Ben phrasings peek out from behind Tom Petty’s Wildflowers outtakes, a gentle jangle lifts whispers of REM’s Murmur on a breeze up from Compass Point Studios. But Up On High is most clearly Cabic and his band inhabiting the realm the band was born in – sleek, economical, soulful, and sometimes sadness-tinged melodies riding on the gentle choogle and sway of an ensemble moving in beautiful unison. This is an album that breathes with you in real, lived in, natural time.
Tour support comes from Alexia Avina. I Am Opening is the immersive new track from New York-based American dreampop singer-songwriter Alexia Avina – a nearly nine-minute experimental drone song about ‘opening up to a new kind of love,’ says Alexia, ‘allowing a new layer of vulnerability to peel back for the first time’.
I Am Opening is the third track to be shared from her new album A Little Older, which was released by Lost Map in April 2022 on limited edition CD and digital platforms. It follows the release of the singles Human and How Can I Learn, and before that in 2020, Alexia’s debut album for Lost Map, the intoxicating Unearth, which received support from Paste, GoldFlakePaint and Clash among others.
Price: £14 adv

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Gullivers NQ, 109 Oldham Street,Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester, United Kingdom


GBP 15.4

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