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Chad Van Gaalen isn’t your ordinary singer-songwriter. Sure, he writes on keyboards and guitars, but from there he diverges from the usual path in unexpected ways. Each of his previous solo albums were culled from a rich catalog of existing home recordings but with his third album, 2008’s Soft Airplane, he sat down in his home basement studio with an old tape machine and boom box and deliberately put together this eclectic mix of lo-fi acoustic strumming and exotic synthetic keyboard magic. “Rabid Bits of Time” recalls the lonesome whine of Neil Young. “City of Electric Light” sounds like a man barely surviving the 4 a.m. hour, while “Old Man + the Sea” channels a primitive 3-dimensional world where the electronics haven’t quite been mastered and are likely to short out at a crucial moment. Van Gaalen loves these sudden distortions and interruptions; much in the spirit of acoustic Pink Floyd, there is always an unexpected room noise or ambient touch to bolster or upset the placid surface.

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This is a great album. Hauntingly beautiful. I must have listened to it front to back a dozen times when I first got it. My fav tracks are Poisonous Heads, TMNT Mask, Molten LIght, and City of Electric Light.

im happy with this

i really like some of chad van gaalens songs, and i really dont care about some of the others. this album has a much higher percentage of the ones that i really like. its good morning music too.

great musician, great album

chad vangaalen is the most talented and creative musician i've heard in a long time. his last two albums blew me away with their ingenuity and soft airplane fits right in. he's pulled off changing up his sound from song to song while maintaining the awesomeness throughout. those who have yet to discover him are missing out!


Born: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, singer/songwriter Chad VanGaalen creates a delightfully soothing indie rock sound. His airy falsetto is part Christopher Cross and part Thom Yorke, and fans of Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, and Destroyer should find the charm in VanGaalen's wild imagination. Since 1998, the quirky VanGaalen has drafted hundreds of songs well-tailored for indie rock fans old and new. In 2004, the Calgary label Flemish Eye gathered some of these songs together for VanGaalen's...
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