CHAD VANGAALEN’S BEAUTIFULLY AMORPHOUS “HOST BODY” VIDEO FROM LIGHT INFORMATION
CHAD VANGAALEN’S ACCLAIMED ALBUM LIGHT INFORMATION OUT NOW VIA FLEMISH EYE IN CANADA, VIA SUB POP WORLDWIDE
"Chad VanGaalen has become a reliable source for off-kilter indie rock that he imbues with his bizarre sense of humour and nuanced artistry." - Exclaim!
“VanGaalen’s sixth album shows him easing more into his bright and disorienting vision.” [8/10] - The Line Of Best Fit
“Light Information crackles with eccentric instrumental flourishes and a robust sci-fi imagination…” [11 Great Overlooked Albums of 2017] - Newsweek
"One of his best albums yet.” - Noisey
“Cheerfully ramshackle … sure hand with hooks and melodies”
[Light Information] - The Calgary Herald
Chad VanGaalen has delivered a strange, beautiful and amorphous video for “Host Body”, one of the standouts from his acclaimed album, Light Information.
Animated in his studio over the last four months, the video's theme touches upon “paranoia and the illusion of reality,” says VanGaalen. “All of the beings in the animation are affected by how they perceive themselves through the internet, or through technological devices they have come in contact with. In this animated take on the song, the ‘parasitic demon’ is the worshiping and addiction of the augmented reality.”
Chad VanGaalen has also scheduled a mainland and eastern European tour this Spring in support of Light Information. These tour dates follow a visit to Germany in April for the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. The festival will be featuring a program retrospective of Chad's animation work, a screening of his short sci-fi film "Tarboz", and a live performance accompanied by visuals.
Light Information is available now on CD / LP / DL / CS in Canada through Flemish Eye and worldwide on Sub Pop.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
May 26 - Madrid, ES - Tomavistas Festival
May 29 - Brussels, BE - AB Club
May 30 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
May 31 - Groningen, NL - Vera
Jun 02 - St. Petersburg, RU - Erarta Stage
Jun 03 - Moscow, RU - 16 Tons
Jun 04 - Warsaw, PL - Plac Zabaw
Jun 05 - Krakow, PL - Green Zoo
MORE PRAISE FOR LIGHT INFORMATION
“For an album that's about ‘not feeling comfortable with really anything,’ as Van Gaalen says, Light Information is nonetheless a vivid, welcoming journey through future worlds and relentless memories. The rich soundscapes and sometimes jarring imagery could only come from the mind of a creative polymath -- an accomplished visual artist, animator, director and producer.” - Northern Transmissions
“VanGaalen’s clear talent as a producer and arranger still shines through.’ - Uncut
“Anxious, tightly wound songs packed with breathless synth and guitar drama.’ [4/5]- MOJO
“A complex interplay of light and dark sits at the thematic heart of this record, with VanGaalen stepping away from his preoccupation with alienation and embracing emotions that span the spectrum; disembodiment, intimacy, paranoia, and playfulness, to name a few.” - Loud & Quiet
“After a dozen years of indelible hooks, bizarro ‘country’ albums, and ingenuous instrument clusters, the best way to learn about Calgary’s resident wizard is to close your eyes and fall backwards into the whole mess, and trust that pure dreams will catch you. And they will.”
[8/10] - Drowned In Sound
“Sometimes you want to cry about your inevitable death, sometimes you just want to thrash around in your pyjamas. VanGaalen does both majestically.” [4/5] - The Skinny
“His confident songwriting and beaming vocals bring the record’s crowning fun and charisma into full focus.” [8/10] - Future Music
"VanGaalen is very good at making eccentric, homespun indie-rock records, and with Light Information he has made yet another." [7.5/10] - PASTE
"Light Information is likely the feel-bad hit of the summer. It's a morose but incomparably moving and pretty record." [4/5] - Spectrum Culture