Friday, July 18, 2008

Chad Vangaalen - Soft Airplane

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Recorded primarily on an old tape machine and a JVC ghetto blaster in Chad’s Calgary basement, Soft Airplane retains the handmade charm and singular character of his previous records, while incorporating new layers of sophistication and weight. Recalling Neil Young at his most fragile and plaintive, and Thurston Moore at his most resolved and vital, Chad’s emotive vocals anchor these songs while tackling the pervasive themes of death and dreams with an unexpected air of certainty and hope that is far from ominous—-instead it’s luminous. Through a complex interplay of guitar, drum beats, loops, samples, found sounds, unorthodox percussion, xylophones, distortion, synthesizers, accordions and more, Chad has made an album that sounds bigger than one man.

It sounds like a lifetime.

Released: 2008-09-09

Chad VanGaalen - Willow Tree

"Willow Tree", the album opener, showcases Chad's seemingly wise and fearless understanding of death amidst sweet banjo rhythms, swells of accordions, and resonating vibraphone; from first listen, the song captures the overwhelmingly compassionate human spirit that defines Soft Airplane.


Willow Tree
Bones of Man
Cries of the Dead
Inside the Molecules
Bare Feet on Wet Griptape
Phantom Anthills
Poisonous Heads
Molten Light
Old Man + the Sea
City of Electric Light
Rabid Bits of Time
Frozen Energon

Also chad recently performed @ Meow Records in Prince George, B.C. - heres a video


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