• ad vanderveen Denver Nevada (CD, £11.50)

    Denver Nevada is a place that is not real, it’s made up. But it is real in the sense that it’s an anagram for Ad Vanderveen. As for Still Life; all meanings of the term can apply in this case. Desolation, serenitiy; scenes like in a David Lynch movie or an Edward Hopper painting come to mind when listening to the singer-songwriter’s new album. Existential themes such as solitude, longing and resignation are expressed throughout the lyrics. But the album is also about the inexplicable and unstoppable drive and necessity to keep writing and creating. Vanderveen can be counted among the most prolific songwriters in the new folk and roots genre, with over 30 albums to his name since the early 90s. As a person and a craftsman Ad is mostly geared towards growth and development and he tends to keep away from matters not involving music or spirituality. Among music lovers and critics, colleagues and peers however, he is highly regarded as a songwriter and musician; Van Morrison, after hearing Ad’s album Worlds Within, personally invited him as his opening act in July 2017. John Gorka joins on Denver Nevada’s lead off track in the duet Another Song. Denver Nevada strikes a certain melancholy atmosphere and mood that underscore the poems and lyrics at the core of the songs. The style can best be described as contemporary folk with influences of rock, jazz and classical music. The songs and instrumentation are based on acoustic guitar and vocal; accompanied by piano, electric guitar, bass, percussion/drums, harmony vocals and augmented by strings and horns. Fortunately the well has not run dry yet and those initiated say the sequel Denver Nevada will top the former one, journeying further and deeper into new territory and changing soundscapes. Tracks: Another Song / Big Old Lonely Feeling / Backroads Of Hope / Castles / Denver Nevada / Ruminations / Wooden Shoes, Wooden Heart , Wouldn’t Listen / Blackbird Singing A Blue Note / In The Name Of Rock And Roll / My Sweet Crushed Angel / Afterthought - Grovelling Grandeur

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