Enigmatic Canadian singer/songwriter and producer Chad VanGaalen is used to wrapping his eccentric songs in interesting, melodic flourishes and his latest is no exception. “Where Are You?”, the first song off his new album Shrink Dust, is a crowded and clanking lo-fi pop cut that showcases his continued ability to marry two seemingly disparate worlds.
Even with a remarkably distorted and grainy backdrop, VanGaalen, as always, lets his skilled songwriting rise above the sometimes bizarre production techniques. The result? A number that’s equal parts jangly and dramatic. Listen in below.
Shrink Dust, the follow-up to 2011’s Diaper Island, was self-produced at VanGaalen’s Yoko Eno home studio in Calgary, Alberta. It’s due out on April 29th release date via Sub Pop.
Shrink Dust Tracklist:
01. Cut Off My Hands
02. Where Are You?
03. Frozen Paradise
05. Weighed Sin
08. Leaning On Bells
09. All Will Combine
10. Weird Love
11. Hangman’s Son
12. Cosmic Destroyer
In support, he’s set a short US tour that kicks off in mid-May.
Chad VanGaalen 2014 Tour Dates:
05/13 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile-End
05/14 – Boston, MA @ TT The Bears Place
05/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House
05/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
05/17 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
05/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
05/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
05/20 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
05/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Do 317 Lounge
05/22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
05/23 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room