Chad Vangaalen: Peace On The Rise
Chad Vangaalen, yet another one of our Canadian discoveries of late, is not only a musician but an artist and animator, yes that's right - he does most of the illustrations for his music videos himself. He's created these strange and rather creepily psychedelic videos to accompany his music including songs "Clinically Dead", "Flower Gardens", "Red Hot Drops", and "Molten Light". If he hasn't personally illustrated the videos, then he has directed them or has some sort of involvement in their disturbing surrealist imagery, meaning they appeal to ALL my levels of weirdness. (He's also directed music videos for J Mascis - 'Not Enough' and Love as Laughter - 'Dirty Lives'.)
Apart from being... just slightly odd, Vangaalen has spanned several genres over the years. Even songs from the same album release vary from folky acoustic, to electronic, right through to indie rock. I guess he could be classed in the 'Freak Folk' category along with some of my other favourite artists such as Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Vetiver... well, you get the idea.
For now I will leave you with my personal favourite track, aptly named 'Willow Tree'.
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