Calgary songwriter Chad VanGaalen has delivered a phenomenal music video for “Samurai Sword,” the first single from World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener, his new album set for release on March 19, 2021 worldwide via Flemish Eye (CAN) and Sub Pop (ROW).
The video for “Samurai Sword” gives viewers a peek into VanGaalen‘s surrealistic world, expanding the 2:04 album version to a gloriously weird extended version with a 3:39 run time, and can now be viewed via VanGaalen and Adult Swim‘s YouTube channels. The video will also see its broadcast television premiere on Adult Swim‘s Toonami, the network’s popular weekly anime programming block, on Saturday January 30th.
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VanGaalen says of “Samurai Sword,” I had just ripped a bunch of old leaking copper pipe out of my basement in a reno job that I jumped into willy nilly. Realizing how magical the pipes sounded, I put them on some dirty styrofoam and banged out the janky beat that introduces the song! Garbage is life.
He continues, it just spilled out in a couple minutes. I didn’t try to stop it because I was smiling like I was just cruising through my neighbourhood. Simple like a sandbox. An ode to the simplicity. It’s hard to let things be simple. But simple is easy on the mind, and being jovial in song is something I find really difficult. Why? What?
As for the “Samurai Sword” video, he elaborates, I was drawing black and white plant backgrounds for this song because of the great old samurai movies of the past. I like how nature sometimes takes the lead. I was getting all knotted in my mind about the sky. I looked at my dad’s watercolour paintings of a sky, and felt like I couldn’t get the feel right. So, I just borrowed his sky for a scene and then I realized that my dad’s paintings were perfect and already full of real life energy. I used them to finish the video and felt like we got to go on this quest together. In my mind. Fuck time.
World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener
March 19, 2021
1. Spider Milk
2. Flute Peace
4. Where Is It All Going?
5. Earth From a Distance
7. Plant Music
8. Nothing Is Strange
9. Inner Fire
10. Golden Pear
11. Nightmare Scenario
12. Samurai Sword
13. Water Brother
13-track effort, World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener, also featuring “Nightwaves,” “Starlight,” “Where Is It All Going?,” and “Flute Peace,” was written, performed, recorded, and mixed by VanGaalen at his Yoko Eno Studio in Calgary, Alberta, and mastered by Ryan Morey in Montreal, Quebec.
VanGaalen has also created the “Samurai Sword Scavenger Hunt” contest, with Easter eggs hidden throughout the video. He’s sharing a list of some of these hidden objects every week, and challenging fans to find them. To stop himself going squirrely over the last few months, he started hiding things as he animated this video.
Every week for the next three weeks (through February 18th, 2021), one lucky person will win a prize pack of stuff from VanGaalen, including a copy of World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener, as well as some unique personalized items made by VanGaalen himself. At the end of the contest, one person will be awarded a grand prize (you must enter all three phases to win the grand prize). Click here to enter.