Published Mar 23, 2011We already knew that Chad VanGaalen had built up a massive backlog of unheard material. A few months before announcing his new record, the curiously titled Diaper Island, he revealed to Exclaim! that he was working on three separate albums, plus two more under his Black Mold moniker. It's not too surprising, then, that the Calgary songwriter just rolled out a new digital EP.
Entitled Your Tan Looks Supernatural, the collection brings together six outtakes from the Diaper Island sessions. Like the full-length, Your Tan Looks Supernatural was recorded at VanGaalen's new home studio, Yoko Eno. The EP is a characteristically eclectic release from VanGaalen. It favours the experimental side of his oeuvre, containing songs that range from chaotic electro ("Your Tan Looks Supernatural") to moody folk rock ("I'm a Witness") to mellow experimental balladry ("May It Never Find You").
You can purchase the EP exclusively through Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross to assist their relief efforts in Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami.
As the press release states, "The Red Cross is a renowned and trustworthy aid agency and has already raised millions of dollars to assist the Japanese people in rebuilding efforts. We hope this can also help to further these efforts in a tiny way."
As usual, VanGaalen designed the surreal artwork himself. You can see the cover image above. See the tracklist below and head over to Bandcamp to purchase the charity EP.
Your Tan Looks Supernatural is also streaming at the bottom of this page, though we encourage you to do your part to aid Japan by purchasing the release. While you listen, be sure to read up on Diaper Island, which is due out May 17 via Flemish Eye in Canada and Sub Pop in the U.S.
Your Tan Looks Supernatural
1. "Your Tan Looks Supernatural"
2. "Fossilized Eye"
3. "I'm a Witness"
5. "May It Never Find You"