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Chad VanGaalen

Creative and prolific Canadian indie artist

Chad VanGaalen

Valley Maker, LOVING

Fri, September 14

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Chad VanGaalen
Chad VanGaalen
VanGaalen has scored television shows, designed puppet characters for Adult Swim, directed videos for Shabazz Palaces, Strand of Oaks, METZ, Dan Deacon, Timber Timbre, and produced records for Women, Alvvays, and others. His last record is a jangly pop gem, a trip through the fantastical that is ultimately warm and relatable. This remarkable coexistence is one of the many achievements of Chad VanGaalen’s Light Information, his sixth record on Sub Pop. It draws on a new kind of wisdom–and anxiety–gained as he watches his kids growing up.

“Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that’s happening through the internet,” he says. “I didn’t have that growing up, and I’m maybe trying to preserve a little bit of that selfishly for my kids.”

As always, VanGaalen wrote, played, and produced all of the music on Light Information (save Ryan Bourne’s bass part on “Mystery Elementals” and vocals on “Static Shape” from his young daughters Ezzy and Pip), and designed the cover art. The product of six years’ work, going back even before 2014’s Shrink Dust, Light
Information emerged from the experimental instruments that fill VanGaalen’s Calgary garage studio. Among them is a beloved Korg 770 monosynth, which VanGaalen coveted for years before fixing one up and devoting a lot of recent energy to recording “duets” with it. One of these, “Prep Piano and 770,” is the lone instrumental on Light Information, more atmosphere and chord bursts than the rest of the album’s hooky rock narrative.

“If I was going to go out and buy a record, I would probably want it to sound only like that,” says VanGaalen. “That one’s for me.”
Valley Maker
Valley Maker
New album, Rhododendron – out October 12th on Frenchkiss Records.
Digital Preorder: http://radi.al/Rhododendron
Vinyl Preorder: http://radi.al/RhododendronAmazon