Vetiver The Errant Charm

Vetiver The Errant Charm
After initially being overshadowed by the presence of Devendra Banhart, who inarguably helped lure people to the band, Vetiver have lately been stepping out of his shadow into a light of their making. Less reliant on the canon of weird folk and psychedelia, Andy Cabic turns to a more conventional classic pop rock songwriting style to deliver his goods. Hints of Wilco, or the soft focus '70s Americana of Scud Mountain Boys/Pernice Brothers, are balanced with a '60s bounciness and just enough acid flashbacks to keep early Vetiver heads bobbing. And though it plays with obvious tropes, this fifth album has such a genuine feel that it never strays into by-the-numbers boredom or yacht rock wateriness. This is perfect for both love lights and bonfires. (Sub Pop)