Andrew Vladeck | The Wheel

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The Wheel

by Andrew Vladeck

Alternative folk on hotwired banjo through Marshall Stack, with cascading lyrics and great songwriting. Winner of Int'l Songwriting Competition, NYC Band of the Month, and played his way out of an Italian jail at least once.
Genre: Folk: Psych-folk
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1. Hold Me Back
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2. You Can\'t Kill Time
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3. The 21st Century
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4. The Magnet
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5. The Songs You Inspire
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6. Waiting for the Coffee to Kick In
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7. The Wheel
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8. These Streets
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9. Picking Apples in Orange County
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10. I Want You Near
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11. Avenue U
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12. Chinatown
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13. The 21st Century (Acoustic)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
If you ask him, New York Native Andrew Vladeck will tell you it's all about the words. Yet it's his modern take on old-time instrumentation that first calls attention. A Fender Twin amplifier doesn't come to mind when one thinks of a banjo, but in his quest to escape the folky comfort zone, Andrew has hotwired his way into a truly individual style.

A well-known musician in the alt-folk scene in NYC, Andrew's unique sound is captured on the upcoming End Up Records release "The Wheel." Produced by Kyle Fischer (Rainer Maria) and mixed by Dave Schiffman (Johnny Cash, Mars Volta), with appearances by Caithlin De Marrais and Lara Meyerratken (Ben Lee), the album includes the caustic "The Songs you Inspire," which won 1st Place in the Int'l Songwriting Competition.

A former Urban Park Ranger, Andrew was fascinated by the interplay of nature with Gotham, and the edges where the two meet. Andrew is similarly inclined towards music, striving to blend his affection for the ante-bellum with the contemporary. The result is folk and indie rock reconfigured -- a "new wave" of folk that is distinctly American sounding. Still, Andrew is first and foremost a wordsmith, whose sparkling, sharp-edged approach sets his often dark and hilariously ironic lyrics over sparse and tasteful instrumentation.

Andrew was featured on BBC's The World, and was voted NYC Artist of the Month in The Deli Magazine. He's also a founding member of the upcoming indie folk quintet The Honey Brothers, and is a regular contributor to the NYC-based folk collective, Balthrop, Alabama.

The Wheel is the first full-length release by Vladeck since 2006. He will be touring extensively throughout the summer and fall in support of the new record.


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Attila Horváth

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"Thirteen, mostly middle-tempoed own composition were put on the album, from which one part we can know from The Magnet and The Wheel EPs. Besides the award-winning The Songs You Inspire, the Hold Me Back and the You Can't Kill Me songs are real "pearls", but the other songs are more above the average standard. The song lyrics are enthralling, their mood is dark, sometimes they're ridiculously ironic and they're performed with such an empathy, that we can experience everything what they say." (Riff - www.riff.hu)

Lindsey J.

Infinitely Listenable
As a habit, I don't review music albums, but I will review this one mainly because it's excellent and worth the price. The Wheel has found its way into my commute-to-work playlist where it fits in seamlessly with my old longtime favorites: Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss and James Taylor. Some of the songs are re-envisioned tracks from previous albums, but these are no stale rehashings. I did not recognize Avenue U from a previous album, and hands down, I like the newer versions better, due mainly to the new sparse instrumentation. In fact, the new “less is more” direction benefits the entire LP, and it sounds musically rich; not an easy thing to do with such pared down arrangements. I really hope some of the music mags pick this cd for review; it merits wider publicity than just internet blogs and fan generated reviews.