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Chad Van Gaalen

Aug
30
posted by tommy


James Blackwood (of Valar fame) once described Chad Van Gaalen as Sufjan Stevens on drugs, which I thought was funny since Sufjan Stevens already sounds like he’s on drugs. Maybe he meant that Chad Van Gaalen bridged the gap between the morphein that is Sufjan and the heroin that is his own style. I doubt either of them would be super keen to be compared with opiates but what I’m trying to say is not that they’re mind numbing but that they’re experimental and outlandish. Van Gaalen has a free album of B-Sides and remixes that you can pick up from his website (which is nothing at all akin to what you’re about to stream) and a full length out on Sub-Pop called Soft Airplane. If you think Sub Pop sound familiar it’s because they’ve released every album that you’ve ever enjoyed starting with Nirvana’s Bleach and culminating in the back catalogue of Band of Horses (with some Shins, Fleet Foxes and Postal Service thrown in there for kicks).

Chad Van Gaalen – Willow Tree

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Chad Van Gaalen – City of Electric Light

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If you’re a personal friend of mine then you might recognise these two songs from a note I wrote on facebook a fair while back. There’s plenty of free tracks available for download from the Sub Pop website including both of these. Easy.




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