Album Review: David Vandervelde – The Moonstation House Band (2007) / Waiting For The Sunrise (2008)

 The Moonstation House Band (2007)

The first two things that hit you about ‘The Moonstation House Band’ are the lo-fi production which I don’t like at all even though it seems to fit well here and the uncanny vocal resemblence to Marc Bolan, which I do like.

Opening track ‘Nothing No’ is a great catchy little pop tune but is slightly marred for me by the aforementioned lo-fi almost grungy production. ‘Jacket’ on the other hand is an almost perfect little tune which is at times more T.Rex than T. Rex and is easily the albums joint highlight along with the Mylon Lefevre sounding ‘Murder In Michigan’. ‘Corduroy Blues’ is also worth a mention.

The rather uninteresting instrumental ‘Moonlight Instrumental’ which closes the album is almost certainly the low point.

‘The Moonstation House Band’ is a decent enough debut album from the multi instrumentalist/producer David Vandervelde. Were it not for the production which is purely down to my taste, the pointless instrumental and the albums almost ridiculous brevity …….. barely thirty minutes it would have been worthy of a higher rating. Its still worth a listen, especially if you are a fan of  Marc Bolan and to a lesser extent David Bowie who also appears to have been a great influence on Vandervelde.

 Waiting For The Sunrise (2008)

Whereas David Vandervelde’s debut album ‘The Moonstation House Band’ was all about lo-fi catchy Marc Bolan inspired pop this second offering ‘Waiting For The Sunrise’ is a far more mature sounding album. The raw drive and energy of the first album has been replaced with a more gentle acoustic almost folk sound.

As a whole this is a marginally better and more consistent album than the debut even though it lacks a track with the hook of ‘Jacket’.

‘Someone Like You’ is easily the best track on the album and would sit alongside ‘Jacket’ from the first album as Vandervelde’s best recorded work to date. ‘I Will Be Fine’ and ‘California Breezes’ are the other obvious highlights on an album which is far removed from the sound of the debut, although the trademark Bolanesque vocal is still very evident. Once again though the album ends on a low note with the closing title track easily being the weakest cut on an otherwise decent album.

It will, as someone has already stated be very interesting to see where David Vandervelde’s musical journey takes him and indeed us next. I for one will be staying along for the ride.

© Martin Leedham. originally published on RYM September 2010

About Martin Leedham

Music critic, Horse Racing Tipster, Hapless Dreamer, Defender of the Underdog
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