Contemporary Folk/Roots | Ad Vanderveen: Release (Independent / 18 May 2021)

Contemporary Folk/Roots
Ad Vanderveen: Release
(Independent / 18 May 2021)

Amsterdam-based Ad Vanderveen's new album strengthens a solid reputation in the contemporary folk and roots genre. With a feel for storytelling over catchy melodies and making the most of simple instrumentation, it's got a laidback mood you'll put on repeat.

With poetic lyrics about life and love, he covers the usual folk/roots territory thematically. Dared To Dream is a standout track, with its sweet harmonies from Kersten de Ligny. 

Fickle Mind is another standout, with jazzy chord changes and a melancholy mood that suits his raspy vocals. 

While he lives in Amsterdam, half his heritage is Canadian, and the influence of Neil Young and his style of rhythmic acoustic guitar and emotional (rather than technically perfect) vocals comes through on several of the songs. 

He's got more than 20 solo and collaborative album credits to his name, and has worked as a musician with many others. In 2017, he was invited to open for Van Morrison based on the strength of hearing a release of his. 

Nothing But A Dream is Dylanesque, AV adding his own stamp to the sound with more refined melody and instrumentation that includes strings.

It's an interesting and varied album of contemporary folk and roots that should please fans and add to AV's growing reputation.

Personnel: AV: vocal, guitars, piano, harmonica / Kersten de Ligny: harmony vocal / Pete Fisher: bass / Michael Kay: drums, percussion / The Neil James Morrison Ensemble: strings.

Tracklist:1 Release; 2 One Last Song; 3 Always The Next; 4 Dared To Dream; 5 Wildfire; 6 Fickle Mind; 7 Nothing But A Dream; 8 Garden Of Home; 9 Ol' 56; 10 Thank You

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