2020 was a terrible year for gardening. It was terrible for peppers, it was terrible for tomatoes, it was terrible for the condition of the soul. But Calgary songwriter Chad VanGaalen somehow raised a garden all the same: carrots and sprouts and broccoli and a revivifying new album, all of them grown at home. He likes to eat directly off the plant, and the 13 songs on World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener, his new album set for release on March 19, were harvested with just such a spirit: in their raw state, young and vegetal, at the very moment, they were made.
“Samurai Sword,” the first single to be shared from the LP, reflects the fertile decay of VanGaalen‘s mental landscape – rotting and redemptive, beautiful in spite of itself. Acting on an infatuation, he remade his basement’s copper plumbing into the xylophones you’ll hear on the song.