Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Albums of Influence - Chad Vangaalen's "Soft Airplane"

Chad VanGaalen's DIY (Do It Yourself) production ethics and amazing use of non-standard arrangments has his 2009 album, Soft Airplane, finding more than a few spins on the ol' Oracle turn-table.

The fact that he plays nearly everything on this disc himself (including the amazing BANJOing on track 1), and is described as a "notorious home-body" on his bio is what made Soft Airplane one of the more influential albums I've heard in a while.

Chad also animates his own music videos. Check out the first video to hear my favorite track of his, and check out the second to see his animation skills at work.

Feel free to download his latest album "Soft Airplane" here for free, then head out and buy his other 2 albums, his side project album "Black Mold", and a couple t-shirts or something.

Other awesome Chad Vangaalen albums include "Skelliconnection".