ALBUM REVIEW: “Dig Down Deep” by Vandaveer

April 26. 2011 | By Jessica Rae Cortez


Vandaveer
Dig Down Deep
[Supply & Demand Music]

Vandaveer is an alt-folk outfit based out of Washington D.C. The band was originated in 2007 by genius Mark Charles Heidinger, who soon found other members to add to his Americana project, including vocal-gem, Rose Guerin. Released on Supply & Demand Music, Dig Down Deep is a symphonic mixture of harmonic texture and fey tales.

Most notable is Guerin’s harmonies on “Dig Down Deep” and “The Great Gray”- her vocals are as milky soft as (if not better than) Joy Williams (aka, one half of the Civil Wars). “Gray” itself is a sulky homage to breaking on through to the other side.

Listen closely and you’ll hear hints of Stevie Nicks as well as DMB, on “Concerning Past & Future Conquests.” “Beat, Beat My Heart” is a poet’s lullaby: “I wanna love with this crooked heart… for we were chambers, pumped full of danger, but I’ll wager my fate for a glimpse of technicolor love.”

Longing for some good fiction to go with your music? Listen to “Spite” for a brooding man with a cursed affair, “The Waking Hour” for wounded dreams, and “As A Matter of Fact” for loose cannons and the “prettiest poisons” (as well a sweet parlor-esque piano riff).

Concerning Past & Future Conquests by Vandaveer

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