Chad Vangaalen - World's Most Stressed Out Gardner (Exclusive Colour Vinyl)
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Since his 2004 debut album of bedroom recordings, Chad VanGaalen has been a restless and limitless creative force. It's been three long years since his last studio album Light Information, and fans are hungry to finally see a full-length follow-up.
2020 was a terrible year for gardening. It was terrible for peppers, it was terrible for tomatoes, it was terrible for the condition of the soul. But Chad somehow raised a garden all the same: carrots and sprouts and broccoli and a revivifying new album, all of them grown at home. He likes to eat directly off the plant, he says, "I get down on my knees and graze. It's nice to feel the vegetables in your face" - and the 13 songs on World's Most Stressed Out Gardener were harvested with just such a spirit: in their raw state, young and vegetal, at the very moment, they were made. The songwriter's new album is a psychedelic bumper crop. A collection of tunes that does away with obsessiveness, the anxiety of perfectionism, in favor of freshness and immediacy. Throughout these 40 minutes, VanGaalen floats from mania to solace to oblivion, searching for zen in all the wrong places.
Exclusive COLOUR vinyl produced by Sub Pop Records in 2021.