Van Gaalen, Chad / Infiniheart
Album: Infiniheart   Collection:General
Artist:Van Gaalen, Chad   Added:Aug 2005
Label:Sub Pop Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-11-20 Pull Date: 2006-01-22
Week Ending: Jan 8 Dec 18 Dec 11 Dec 4
Airplays: 2 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 19, 2006: What's in the Icebox?
Clinically Dead
4. Jan 02, 2006: Scatterbrain
J.D.'s Head On The Cross
2. Feb 23, 2006: Eran Mukamel, Fool (merenguecore)
Kill Me In My Sleep
5. Dec 12, 2005: Biff Bang Pow
Echo Train
3. Jan 05, 2006: Eran Mukamel
J.D.'s Head On The Cross
6. Dec 09, 2005: Biff Bang Pow
Clinically Dead

Album Review
Scott Coomes
Reviewed 2007-03-07
Chad VanGaalen: Infiniheart; Sub Pop
Melancholy and sedate indie-pop / dance. Combines sad male vocals (Sufjan / Iron + Wine?), acoustic and guitars and dance beats. Lots of ghostly samples fade in and out for atmospheric effect. While the production is done well, the songs themselves seem weak upon closer listening. Surrealist lyrics with dark themes. The melodies aren’t particularly special, but still repeat ad nauseum. Fortunately, the samples, blips, clicks and clips keep things interesting. Vocals are stuck in staccato/choir boy range. “Light grunge”. Best Tracks: #1, #7, #16
FCC: #16 “M*t*e*f*c*i*g”
1) “Clinically Dead” – cool and quick bouncy guitar melody, cookie-cutter indie-pop vocals. Well-placed heavy guitars. Interpolish.
2) “After the Afterlife” – quivering vocals, softer folksy/alt-country feel.
3) “Kill Me In My Sleep” – sounds like the beginning of a prom slow-dance song, except for electro embellishments. Repetitive guitar. Dark irony between sweetness of voice and graphic description of murder. Dissonant bridge. Peaceful outro with bustling fading guitars.
4) “J.C.’s Head on the Cross” – Instrumental. Dance beat with catchy guitar melody that has the rhythm of a wind-chime on a breezy day. At about 2:00, new guitar melody arrives. Ends with a voice sample of an eager child telling a story.
5) “Somewhere I Know There is Nothing” – quick acoustic guitar with eerie bird-chirping sounding clip. Plaintive vocals with heavy reverb. Some strings. Ends with creepy strings.
6) “Blood Machine” –syrupy guitar with brush percussion. Choral supporting vocals.
7) “Echo Train” –catchy vocals and guitar build up. See mid 90s alternative rock/pop.
8) “Build a Home Like a Bee” –mixture of Belle + Sebastian chorus with pathetic undertones.
9) “I Miss You Like I Miss You” –Alt-country acoustic.
10) “Red Blood” – heavier guitars. Boring.
11) “1000lb Eyelids” –very quiet repeating trumpet sample with plodding guitar / drum combo, whilst VanGaalen whines over the whole affair.
12) “The Warp Zone / Hidden Bridge” –starts w/weird chirpy back sample with sleepy guitars and paranoid vocals. Cool dance beat at 0:49, but vocals resort to the banal mantra “don’t be sad”. Funky bass and percussion interaction.
13) “Chronograph #1” –slow beat with out of warped guitar. Finger-snap/clap percussion. Rambling vocals. Nicely behaving guitar line at 2:05.
14) “Sunshine Snare Hits” –backwoods guitar w/snare percussion. Pretty singing + flutes.
15) “Liquid + Light” –jazzy percussion, muted trumpet squeaks and saxophone on top of standard plucking and delicate vocals.
16) “Traffic” –melodious vocals and slightly scratchy guitars with pleasant percussion. Best track, but beware of FCC.

Track Listing
1. Clinically Dead   9. I Miss You Like I Miss You
2. After The Afterlife   10. Red Blood
3. Kill Me In My Sleep   11. 1000 Pound Eyelids
4. J.D.'s Head On The Cross   12. The Warp Zone/Hidden Bridge
5. Somewhere I Know There Is Nothing   13. Chronograph #1
6. Blood Machine   14. Sunshine Snare Hits
7. Echo Train   15. Liguid + Light
8. Build A Home Like A Bee   16. Traffic