Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Soft Airplane by Chad VanGaalen

I've expressed my hetero-sexual man love for Chad VanGaalen before, and so I should warn you if you're at all uncomfortable with that kind vociferous gushing, well, you should probably skip this post and move on.

So - the new album - Soft Airplane, I think, builds really nicely on his previous efforts Infiniheart (one of my most listened to albums in the last 5 years or so) and Skelliconnection (which, had its moments, but was largely average) to produce his best album, which is really saying something. Thematically, the album isn't alot different - death, destruction, death, dying, the aging process unto death - but musically, the album finds a nice median between the experimentation and more classic singer-songwriter stuff.

If you don't believe me, Ack of Herohill is thinking roughly the same thing about the album, although more articulately, saying its 'probably the best he's heard all year'. Allan likes it too. And, I suspect those won't be the last of the positive reviews for this album that has got to be a favourite for the next, next Polaris Prize.

[mp3] Chad VanGaalen - Willow Tree

"Molten Light" written and illustrated by Chad VanGaalen

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Lovely review! I am hugely excited about Soft Airplane, so much so that I turned down the files in order that I can have my first listen while holding the cd in my hands. Because of course with CVG, a huge part of the experience is in the artwork as well.

I'm really looking forward to hearing recorded versions of those songs that he has been trying out in concert for the past year.