Chad VanGaalen


2004 | CD / LP | FLCR011

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  • Pressed on turquoise double vinyl in the original spot colour packaging!

    Chad VanGaalen’s 2004 debut is is a stirring and deeply moving collection of songs varying from solo acoustic material to glitchy electronic beats, with Chad playing every instrument – as many as 20 including piano, flute, saxophone, and violin. These beautifully crafted songs really transcend any comparison; defined by a unique vision and lifted by Chad’s delicate and vulnerable vocals, they are moving, heartbreaking, and often strangely danceable. Infiniheart elicited rave reviews from The Guardian, MOJO, NME, Exclaim!, and Entertainment Weekly. 

    1. Clinically Dead
    2. After The Afterlife
    3. Kill me in my sleep
    4. JC's Head on the Cross
    5. Somewhere I know there's nothing
    6. Blood Machine
    7. Echo Train
    8. Build a Home like a Bee
    9. I miss you like I miss you
    10. Red Blood
    11. 1000 Pound Eyelids
    12. Warp Zone / Hidden Bridge
    13. Cronograph #1
    14. Sunshine Snare Hits
    15. Liquid + Light
    16. Traffic
  • Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, singer/songwriter Chad VanGaalen creates a delightfully soothing indie rock sound. His airy falsetto is part Christopher Cross and part Thom Yorke, and fans of Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, and Destroyer should find the charm in VanGaalen's wild imagination. Since 1998, the quirky VanGaalen has drafted hundreds of songs well-tailored for indie rock fans old and new. In 2004, the Calgary label Flemish Eye gathered some of these songs together for VanGaalen's first album, Infiniheart. Sub Pop inked VanGaalen to an American deal a year later and reissued a reassembled version of Infiniheart. Skelliconnection arrived in August 2006. Soft Airplane, his second album for Sub Pop, was released in September 2008, and featured a cartoon video for "Molten Light" that he illustrated and animated himself. In 2009, VanGaalen released the largely instrumental and electronic-oriented experimental album Snow Blindness Is Crystal Antz under the name Black Mold. After producing two albums for Flemish Eye labelmates Women, VanGaalen returned with Diaper Island in 2011. A year later, he began working on an animated science fiction feature called Translated Log of Inhabitants. Preceding its release, he issued his fifth album, Shrink Dust, in April 2014, which was partially a soundtrack to the film. VanGaalen returned in 2017 with his sixth album, Light Information, which explored themes of alienation and anxiety.

    Liner Notes

    Chad VanGaalen's Bedroom

  • An eclectic performer with a surprisingly wide sonic palate, Van Gaalen reveals a promising talent here 

    -  All Music 3.5/5

    there's an almost maximalist spectrum of sound on Infiniheart, and the album is all the more impressive for creating and maintaining such a specific mood over 16 songs.

    - Pitchfork 7.1 / 10



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