Whether he’s drawing or recording, most everything Chad VanGaalen does artistically is quick-engaging, left of center, and unique to his distinct mesh of influences. Here he lends his trademark brand of freehand drawing (which Ininiheart album owners shoudl know well) to touring juggernaut Guster for the clip to “Lightning Rod,” a sublimely sparse and melancholic track from last year’s Ganging Up On The Sun. Chad takes the tune through lots of shape shifting, image morphing, and perspective shifting, leaving us with absolutely no clue about what’s going down but loving it like a father loves his baby-cum-patricidal, lightening-spewing purple cloud.
No surprises that Guster’s on the road (with Mason Jennings), and we figure Chad will be ready to follow up Skelliconnection with an album culled from the 857 songs he wrote in his bedroom last year any day now.
Ganging Up On The Sun is available on Reprise.