Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Vandaveer - "Divide & Conquer"

Vandaveer is the indie folk project of Mark Charles Heidinger who plays bass for These United States. Divide & Conquer, his sophomore album was released on 8/25 with Supply & Demand Records after first being released in France in April. Divide & Conquer is a fuller and more punctuated than the stripped down folk of his debut, Grace & Speed.

The opening song and title track, “Divide & Conquer” premieres the delicate chamber-folk that is to come with beautiful harmonies provided by his sister, Rose Guerin and a pretty piano run. The grim “Fistful of Swoon” builds slowly with dark overtones and ghostly background vocals into a crescendo at the end of the chorus. “Resurrection Mary” brightens the room with spirited instrumentation and more lilting harmonies and vocal melodies. Stand out track “A Mighty Leviathan of Old” is classic 60’s folk with a pronounced bass line, a dusty waltzing beat and a rafters-reaching, Band-like vocal hook. With “Turpentine” and “Before The Great War”, Mark spins more grim but gorgeous tales with his troubadour-like storytelling and fantastic voice. He also plays almost all of the instruments on the album save for some assistance from his fellow These United States members; Justin Craig and Robby Cosenza.

After receiving great praise from critics in France, Vandaveer is set to conquer the US with his timeless brand of lush indie-folk. Divide & Conquer is definitely for fans of the classics; Dylan, Drake and Waits and the modern troubadours Elvis Perkins and Damien Rice.

Download "Turpentine" here: http://loudfeed.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/18793/vandaveer_turpentine.mp3

For more info click here: www.vandaveer.net and www.myspace.com/vandaveer and http://sad-music.net/


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Turpentine" was a really decent track.

12:24 PM  

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