David Knight - 24th May 2011

From the visionary mind and pen of Chad VanGaalen, singer-songwriter, illustrator and animator, comes the self-made video for Peace On The Rise, the first single from his just-released new album Diaper Island, on Sub Pop.

Its everything you'd expect from this richly imaginative visual artist with a penchant for the bizarre. Space Indians visit a new alien world of diverse natural beauty - beautifully rendered in the trademark VanGaalen style - and some of the big issues are alluded to: destruction of the natural environment, sustainability, etc. But there's also a competition attached to the video, with cool prizes to be won. You can find out more about that here....

This arrives a couple of months after Chad's last mesmerizing animation - for Dinosaur Jr legend (and Sub Pop stablemate) J Mascis's Not Enough. And if after all that you still need more Chad in your life, you have to check out Molten Light, an absolute mind-blower from a couple of years ago.

David Knight - 24th May 2011

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