Release Date: Aug 5, 2008
Record label: Secretly Canadian
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Singer-Songwriter
David Vandervelde seems like time has passed him by a bit. He feeds off nostalgia for a pleasant early 70’s Southern California singer-songwriter archetype. But don’t worry, this guy is harmless enough. Even the album title, Waiting for the Sunrise, and the sun-bleached cover photo indicate the mellow trip that’s contained inside.
DAVID VANDERVELDE Waiting For The Sunrise (Secretly Canadian) Rating: NNN While his debut, The Moonstation House Band, strutted around like Marc Bolan in a pink feather boa, Waiting For The Sunrise inhabits the dusty old cowboy boots of a jaded rock star. The Chicago native's clearly still 70s-smitten (even the cover is a CSNY/Carole King rip-off, with a soft-focus Vandervelde gazing out moodily from his apartment). But the glitter and excess is replaced by AM-friendly roots rock and sultry piano ballads.
On his 2007 debut, The Moonstation House Band, Chicago-based musician David Vandervelde showed up on the scene in a spaceship, declared his love for David Bowie’s ethereal cocaine blues, paid his debt to the Grateful Dead and the Band, and in eight hazy, beautiful rock songs, was gone. On his second LP, Waiting for the Sunrise, it seems Vandervelde’s been doing just that: watching patiently as the night trails away, the party ends, people gather themselves and head home. If Moonstation saw Vandervelde stuck in the center of an endless spotlit midnight, Sunrise’s smoothed-out vibe is -- for better and worse -- suited for the dawning day.
David Vandervelde's second album, Waiting for the Sunrise, takes a drastic turn away from the lo-fidelity, high-energy romp of his debut and steers a course for the middle of the classic rock road. Vandervelde has gone from presenting himself as a T. Rexy troubadour to a beardy, laid-back dad rocker who happily channels Neil Young at every opportunity.