Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On The Rise Again: Chad VanGaalen



One of my favourite Canadian music oddballs, Chad VanGaalen, is set to release his newest album on April 29. One thing's for sure, the stream I've heard is initial proof that it's going to be another wild concoction of the inventive bits and pieces that solidified him as someone to watch when he was first picked up by Sub Pop in 2005.

On Shrink Dust, the Albertan's mixed bag of songs range from hypnotic psych-rock (Where Are You?) to choral folk (Lila and Weighed Sin) - all of which are drenched in a beautiful kind of melancholy, if not full-fledge darkness. But, that's what VanGaalen does with his self-produced albums; he somehow finds a way to make darkness sound lighthearted.

Looking forward to more of this comeback. Check out the full album stream over at Exclaim.ca.








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