ALBUM REVIEW: Chad VanGaalen – World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 19.03.21







A dreamy, psychedelic folk concoction, offered up by multi-faceted Canadian Chad VanGaalen as he ponders an oft-surreal existence in this his seventh studio album. The spirits of Syd Barrett and the Beach Boys (b)looms large in the vocals and nestles amongst the lo-fi electronic exotica. It‘s Chad’s way to deal with what he claims were the terrible conditions for growth throughout 2020, and yet he’s managed to cultivate a springy garden full of ripening odd fruits and veg.

One of the stand-out tracks is Samurai Sword, which is accompanied by a self-produced animated video where Chad uses his father’s paintings as a backdrop for his startling, slightly bonkers psychedelic vision, which fits neatly into this altogether unreal album.


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