Folk whizz-kids Vetiver know how to put the considerable vocal talents of Vashti Bunyan to amazing use. She appears on their brilliant 2008 album Thing of the Past – a selection of esoteric and ethereal cover versions, singing one of the most moving songs I have heard in months, Sleep a Million Years.
Vashti lends this haunting little number, penned by an artist of similar precious beauty to her (old folkie Dia Joyce), a sensual melancholy no one else could possibly muster.
The song is glorious, wistful, spine-chilling and dreamily marvellous. I almost cried. But Vashti has that effect on me generally.