2015 will see the release of a double CD by singer songwriter Ad Vanderveen. One disc consists of new songs and is titled: Presents Of The Past. The other disc contains newly recorded audience favorites entitled: Requests Revisited.
As the titles suggest there is a connection between the two and they seem to go together like a kind of concept album. The listener gets an inside peek into, and an overview of, the singer songwriter’s life and work over a 40-year career.
The basis for the new songs on Presents Of The Past was recorded live with an acoustic combo in a small theatre without an audience. The songs breathe an atmosphere of timelessness, rich with roots music influences and traditional instruments. The M.O. of Requests Revisited is more of a studio production with arrangements for band, strings and guest musicians.
The common thread throughout both discs is acoustic under-and-overtones, with musicianship always serving the lyrics. The arrangements are sparse yet effective, with upright bass, percussion, guitars, keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmony vocals and even a gospel choir.
Vanderveen comments: „“It started with the idea to re-record the requests I’ve been getting at live shows through the years, since many of those songs are not available on CD anymore.
It almost felt like I was covering myself, but during the work on ‚Requests‘ the new songs also kept coming. They seemed to have more of a vintage-roots character to them and asked for a slightly different approach.““
Presents Of The Past/Requests Revisited has no A or B side. For those already familiar with Vanderveen’s repertoire the new songs may be the main focus. The uninitiated may first be drawn to the Requests for an overview of the singer-songwriter’s oeuvre. In each case this can be considered a milestone in the work of one of today’s finest artists in the Roots/Americana genre.