Recommended by Andrew Hamlin
Chad VanGaalen likes to play the harmonica. He also looks a lot like the young, cute Elton John. Sold! He started out in his native Canada doing self-released CDs, but he’s breaking big and bigger these days. His new Sub Pop album, Light Information, starts with those muskrat-climax noises Daryl “The Captain” Dragon cooked up for the Captain & Tennille’s “Muskrat Love,” but throws in eerie bass and pleading vocals. A little guitar jangle, a little more synth ping, more scary vocals, some concerning a campfire, and my golly, this fellow’s one to watch.