Shrink Dust - SUB POP
FILTER Grade: 85%
By Jeffrey Brown on April 29, 2014
On his newest album, Chad VanGaalen continues his multi-layered musical exploration of his own mind, this time through a sci-fi/ fantasy lens. The lyrics found on Shrink Dust are about what you expect from the album’s cover image—death, monsters, dismembered hands—but it’s clear that VanGaalen’s having fun with this album, letting his imagination guide the content even while his music reaches some of the most accessible points of his body of work so far. It’s an album that wears its weirdness on its sleeve, but it’s the best kind of weird, and a joy to listen to.