“You’ll never find me now.”
While I’ve got Vekatimest out, let’s take a moment to appreciate the fine work of art that opens the album: Southern Point.
Although I appreciate the album, it never fully caught on with me. It starts of with a bang, gets pretty sleepy pretty quickly and never quite wakes up again. Still a good many interesting moments throughout, but the album never does reattains the energy of Southern Point.
Tom Breihan of Pitchfork interviewed frontman Ed Droste about the album’s curious title:
Pitchfork: The album title is pronounced Veck-Ah-Tim-Est, right?
ED: Bingo. I think it’s fairly phonetical, wouldn’t you say? …
Pitchfork: So you named it after an uninhabited island off the coast of Massachusetts?
ED: Yeah. We were doing some recording in Cape Cod, and we were looking at some typography. We were invited to that area once, and we thought it was really beautiful. And we liked the name. We didn’t camp there or anything, but we spent a lot of time there because of my grandmother’s house there. So we had a chance to really explore the region, and it was an area that we thought was really pretty because it was so natural and untouched. We really enjoyed it.
Pitchfork: Are you prepared for the possibility that people will actually be seeking out this island now that you’ve named the album after it?
ED: I doubt that people will, but sure. I don’t think it’s a public space, but I also don’t think there’s much to do once you get there. It’s extremely small, like the size of a city block. There are some trees, and there’s not a sandy beach. So I don’t think there’s that much excitement about visiting it. But yeah, if people want to charter a boat and check it out.
The island is, of course, visible on Google Maps. Nonamessett Rd. passes through it, en route to the larger Nonamessett Island to the east. There is one building on the island’s “southern point” from which a pier extends into the Monsod Bay.