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Fruit Bats and Vetiver

Today's World Cafe session is an exciting double-header, featuring two well-known folk acts with strong ties. San Francisco's Vetiver, led by psychedelic folkster Andy Cabic, has often featured the lead singer of the other band today, The Fruit Bat's Eric Johnson.

The label mates have just released new, acclaimed albums this summer, and are now on tour together. In World Cafe studio, the two indie folk outfits detail inspirations for their respective releases, and end with a brief, rare collaboration between Johnson and a Vetiver band member, Sarah Versprille.

Vetiver has been around since 2004, boasting the influence and collaboration of folk greats such as Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsome, and of course Eric Johnson (of Fruit Bats and The Shins fame). Lead man Andy Cabic put together the group after joining a thriving community of freak folk artists, and thus far, the group has released five albums of stunningly beautiful folk-based indie rock. Their latest, "Errant Charm", came out this June on Sub Pop, and its sound is aesthetically pleasing on enough different levels to be more than simply lovely to listen to--"Charm" could be perfect party background music or the prime spin for a sunny, contemplative afternoon. Released within a few months of "Charm" was the Fruit Bat's "Tripper", more of a storied effort in comparison to "Charm" but undeniably under similar influences. Over time, Johnson has infused electronic, pop and rock sound on a indie-folk base that has brought Fruit Bats comparisons to Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens. "Tripper" is also the fifth release for this band, packed with the Fruit Bat's signature sound--upbeat, easy listening. The stories move in feeling from quiet humor to soft melancholy and jazzy cheer, inspired by Johnson's travels and chance encounters.

Given their similar beginnings and shared elements, Fruit Bats and Vetiver mark much of what is good about the contemporary folk-pop movement--and this World Cafe session showcases them side-by-side. What's not to like?


Recent Release: Errant Charm
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Label: Sub Pop
Band Origin: San Francisco

Fruit Bats

Recent Release: Tripper   
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Label: Sub Pop
Band Origin: Chicago, IL

Session Set List:
IT'S BEYOND ME                             
WONDER WHY                                
TONY THE TRIPPER                         
PRIMITIVE MAN