Posted by: Ryan Allen on September 11, 2008 at 10:09 am

Chad VanGaalen, Soft Airplane (Sup Pop, 2008)

MP3: “Willow Tree”

Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen is one of those prolific artists who crosses mediums and creates for the sake of creating. Whether it’s painting, doing animation, or writing and recording as a one-man indie music machine, chances are he’s working on something at any given moment. Soft Airplane, his third full length, is an array of styles and ideas that range from haunting folkie acoustic numbers like the opener “Willow Tree” to catchy guitar driven songs like, “Bare Feet On Wet Griptape” with some Casio pseudo-dance stuff like “TMNT Mask.” His music is reminiscent of Wayne Coyne if he wrote like a paranoid recluse and Joseph Arthur if he wasn’t such a pretentious dick. Despite the variation, the whole of Soft Airplane is a solid success. VanGaalen also did all the artwork for the album and, in the liner notes, gives a nod to “the financial support of the government of Canada,” a country that apparently has a music fund to help out native musical talent. Soft Airplane is evidence of governmental appropriations well spent. — Laura Witkowski

Bonus: The weird-as-fuck animated video for “Molten Light”

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