Ad Vanderveen may be half-Dutch and half-Canadian but his musical influences reside strictly on the western side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Subtitled A Solo Studio Performance By…this album sees the singer’s music stripped bare. However, even reduced to the basic form of a one-man troubadour, the music is remarkably rich.
There’s a tremulous edge to Vanderveen’s voice, which floats above the acoustic guitar, harmonica and footstomps, as if trying to lift the melody up to some heavenly place.
This blends well with the poetic quality to the self-reflective lyrics, whether musing on grand concepts like the tension between good and evil desires, on ‘David And Goliath’, or narrating his own musical journey on ‘If I Can Do It, So Can You’.
There is more than a touch of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan in the writing and phrasing of the songs, no more so than on ‘End Of Me And You’. Here the strumming patterns and the way that the couplets drift off into the air are very redolent of Mr. Zimmerman’s style, in an infinitely more tuneful manner, of course!
Treasure Keepers is a perfect lesson in showing that less can really be more.
**** Trevor Raggatt – Rock’n’Reel Magazine, UK.