Tuesday, August 14, 2007
David Vandervelde - The Moonstation House Band
The Moonstation House Band
(2007, Secretly Canadian)
This little beauty slipped by us for a few months, but now we've caught on to it, we're holding it tight. David Vandervelde is a Chicago based, self taught multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, drums, bass, piano, and synth- like a champ. The Moonstation House Band has classic rock practically dripping from every song. Vandervelde seems to have been influenced by every great. In reading other reviews on this album I saw him compared to: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Mickey Finn, and Marc Bolan. I don't think any of them are incredibly accurate in and of themselves. You can catch small sounds that seems to be from those legends, but somehow Vandervelde has been able to take all his influences and blend them all up into a delicious smoothie of his own concoction. It's a unique sounding album that is somehow familiar. Opening with the most upbeat and catchy tune, on first listen the rest of the album feels like a slight let down- until you listen to it again... and again... and again. The entire album becomes pretty mesmerizing and if you pick it up, it may just be the only thing you listen to for the next month.
David Vandervelde - The Moonstation House Band (full album stream)