Chad Van Gaalen - World's Most Stressed Out Gardener

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A collection of tunes that does away with obsessiveness, the anxiety of perfectionism, in favour of freshness and immediacy — capturing the world as it was met while recording alone at home over a period of years. "Don't overthink it," VanGaalen told himself again and again, despite the push/pull love/hate of his relationship with songwriting. "I'm always trying to get outside of the song—but then I realize I love the song."

This is a record that gleams with VanGaalen's musical signatures: found sound, reverb, polychromatic folk music that is by turns cartoonish and hyperphysical—like ultra-magnified footage of a virus or a leaf. Apparently, the LP began life as a "pretty minimal" flute record. (There's only a vestige now, on "Flute Peace"—one of three instrumentals.) Later it became an electronic record "for a while" and finally, "right at the last second," it "turned into a pile of garbage." The good kind of garbage: glinting, useful, free. Music as compost — leaves and branches ready to be re-ingested by the earth, turned into a flower.


  1. Spider Milk
  2. Flute Peace
  3. Starlight
  4. Where Is It All Going?
  5. Earth From a Distance
  6. Nightwaves
  7. Plant Music
  8. Nothing Is Strange
  9. Inner Fire
  10. Golden Pear
  11. Nightmare Scenario
  12. Samurai Sword
  13. Water Brother
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