Chad VanGaalen Shrink Dust

Type: Album

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Catalog No: SP1081

Label: Sub Pop

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This is a pre-order item. We will ship this item by April 29, 2014 unless your order includes other pre-order items that ship later. All items in your order will ship together.

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If you pre-order Shrink Dust from us here at Subpop.com, you will receive a free booklet featuring a bunch of original drawings by Chad of characters doing frisbee moves from the science fiction movie he’s been making and of which this album draws it’s inspiration from.

Loser edition vinyl is now sold out!

All of these items are on a first come, first served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Order now to secure all of these limited-edition items!

Chad VanGaalen’s blood flows by unrestrained creative impulses.  He has never worked in a commercial recording studio.  By his hands alone, one line, sound, shape or word leads organically to the next. In 2011, he wanted to score a science fiction film, so he started making one. The first episode of his animated feature, Translated Log of Inhabitants, should be released this year, with a fully illustrated D&D-esque compendium of 150 associated characters.

Shrink Dust, his fifth full-length album under his own name, is partially a score to this film, but it’s also—in Chad’s view—a country record.

Always a fan of esoteric instruments, Chad recently acquired an aluminum pedal steel guitar, and began trying to figure out how to play it: “It took me a month to set it up, and a year to be comfortable recording myself playing this thing.”  His experiments with this instrument unify the album, along with themes of death, transformation, fear, benign evil, and the eccentricity of love.  A newfound affection for The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the sci-fi mysticism of the 1980s graphic novel The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, were also significant in recent years.  

Somehow, with all of its disparate influences and components, Shrink Dust might be one of the most accessible moments in CVG’s creative life, simply because it is more apparent than ever how much fun he is having blurring the lines between the vivid worlds of his creation, and the world his audience inhabits.  For those who are open to it, Chad’s adventures in music and art illuminate a path that is more colorful, playful, and sustainable than those commonly available to us.  A path that is, most importantly, always changeable.

You can see and hear his alternate reality through the artifacts he offers up.  But as it turns out, the only true access point into Chad VanGaalen’s expanding universe is one’s own will to create.

Find Chad: He’s a monster.

- Bryan Webb

This is a pre-order item. We will ship this item by April 29, 2014 unless your order includes other pre-order items that ship later. All items in your order will ship together.

PRE-ORDER DETAILS

If you pre-order Shrink Dust from us here at Subpop.com, you will receive a free booklet featuring a bunch of original drawings by Chad of characters doing frisbee moves from the science fiction movie he’s been making and of which this album draws it’s inspiration from.

Loser edition vinyl is now sold out!

All of these items are on a first come, first served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Order now to secure all of these limited-edition items!

Chad VanGaalen’s blood flows by unrestrained creative impulses.  He has never worked in a commercial recording studio.  By his hands alone, one line, sound, shape or word leads organically to the next. In 2011, he wanted to score a science fiction film, so he started making one. The first episode of his animated feature, Translated Log of Inhabitants, should be released this year, with a fully illustrated D&D-esque compendium of 150 associated characters.

Shrink Dust, his fifth full-length album under his own name, is partially a score to this film, but it’s also—in Chad’s view—a country record.

Always a fan of esoteric instruments, Chad recently acquired an aluminum pedal steel guitar, and began trying to figure out how to play it: “It took me a month to set it up, and a year to be comfortable recording myself playing this thing.”  His experiments with this instrument unify the album, along with themes of death, transformation, fear, benign evil, and the eccentricity of love.  A newfound affection for The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the sci-fi mysticism of the 1980s graphic novel The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, were also significant in recent years.  

Somehow, with all of its disparate influences and components, Shrink Dust might be one of the most accessible moments in CVG’s creative life, simply because it is more apparent than ever how much fun he is having blurring the lines between the vivid worlds of his creation, and the world his audience inhabits.  For those who are open to it, Chad’s adventures in music and art illuminate a path that is more colorful, playful, and sustainable than those commonly available to us.  A path that is, most importantly, always changeable.

You can see and hear his alternate reality through the artifacts he offers up.  But as it turns out, the only true access point into Chad VanGaalen’s expanding universe is one’s own will to create.

Find Chad: He’s a monster.

- Bryan Webb

Tracks

  1. Cut Off My Hands
  2. Where Are You? Where Are You?
  3. Frozen Paradise
  4. Lila
  5. Weighed Sin
  6. Monster Monster
  7. Evil
  8. Leaning on Bells
  9. All Will Combine
  10. Weird Love
  11. Hangman's Son
  12. Cosmic Destroyer

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