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Chad VanGaalen's Sub Pop debut is a refreshing new addition to contemporary music, essentially because it can't be pegged. Amongst scenes and trends, Infiniheart stands alone. Melding big, weary Fleetwood Mac-esque emotion to stretched-out arrangements, both electronic and folk, the Canadian singer/songwriter's power lies in his dedication to his own individuality.

While the 16-track record's best song is doubtless the stirring, emotionally-charged opener "Clinically Dead," the album does not lose strength as you move deeper into it; nor does it feel like one long song. The narrator behind the depressed, folk-y "After the Afterlife" is disappointed in people who are not paying attention to life: "You are not awake/ You are not awake," VanGaalen repeats, with sadness in his voice, atop intimate acoustic strumming. The instrumental "J.C.'s Head on the Cross" demonstrates VanGaalen's knack for beat-heavy Kid A-ish experimentation, while "Echo Train" rides on the main riff behind The Who's version of "Crimson and Clover," and features the album's most loud, crashing moments.

Lyrically, VanGaalen — who plays all the instruments on Infiniheart — questions all the biggies: life, love and loss. And while they tackle big matters, his carefully chosen words are accessible enough to be touching. Birds chirp in the background of "The War Zone/ Hidden Bridge" while VanGaalen's high-pitched, breathy coos sit up front, alongside glitchy beats, funky organ and xylophone tinkering.

For more than a decade, VanGaalen has been crafting unique, soulful songs in his bedroom; with Infiniheart he's arrived with a folk-y yet modern collection that's truly hard not to like.


by Jenny Tatone




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