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Folk rock staple: Vetiver heading to Santa Fe to promote last album

Andy Cabic is the mastermind behind the folk rock outfit Vetiver, which released the album “Up On High” this year. (Courtesy of Alissa Anderson)

Andy Cabic is enjoying some friend time in Santa Barbara, California.

One could says it’s the calm before the flurry of tour activity that will commence soon.

“I’m with some friends who made me some food,” he says during a recent interview. “It’s moments like these that help make the day better.”

Cabic is the mastermind behind the folk rock outfit Vetiver.

Formed in 2002 by Cabic, the group has been a staple in the folk rock scene.

Cabic tours with Otto Hauser, Sarah Versprille, Daniel Hindman and Bob Parins.

The latest album, “Up On High,” was release on Oct. 25.

Vetiver will perform a big chunk of the album on Monday, Nov. 18, when the band takes the stage at Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery in Santa Fe.

The journey to “Up On High” was a few years in the making.

Cabic found himself taking a break from the writing process to tour, which, turns out, was instrumental.

“It was frustrating that the process was slower than usual,” Cabic says. “What it left me with was a partial view of each song. Then stepping away to tour gave me the time to let each idea marinate. It’s all for the better in the long run.”

“Up On High” was written on acoustic guitar.

Cabic says having moved twice since 2015’s “Complete Strangers,” the guitar was the easiest instrument to reach for in moments of inspiration because everything else was in boxes.

The basic tracking of the album took place over a few spring days at engineer and producer Thom Monahan’s house in the high desert of California.

Only one song didn’t make the album cut.

“Once the sequencing was down for the album, it made sense,” he says of cutting one song. “It may be a b-side or something. It just didn’t fit into that sequence.”

As far as the writing process goes, Cabic writes form a personal point of view.

“I don’t have songs that are so autobiographical that no one can relate,” he says. “Sometimes I put things that I’m going through. I sometimes pull back to have a macro view of life. That’s not my modus operandi. I don’t always make the voice in the song mine.”

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