What started as a one-man battle through the folk world has now become one of the most intriguing alternative folk duos of our time.
Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin ring some odd in your ears the first time you hear Vandaveer: it’s not a fighting duet, it is not a struggling attempt of getting along on record, and it’s just something different. When their voices collide, is as if they represented both sides of a story, an each one of them is trying to take you on their side: they incite you into feeling pity for each one of them, the boy and the girl in every heartbreaking story. The amazing thing is that you turn sides into any victim depending on how you are feeling while hearing any of their albums.
This vocal battle is more noticeable in tracks such as Spite, with a tango-like beat that adds a nice spice into the mix: it feels more real, raw, dangerous and classy at the same time. Folk hadn’t tasted like this in a long time.
Jorge A. López Mendicuti | Senior Writer