Diaper Island

Flemish Eye Records
Release date
17 May 2011
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Do Not Fear 2:27 12,095
2 Peace On The Rise 4:28 16,780
3 Burning Photographs 3:16 12,279
4 Heavy Stones 2:45 10,799
5 Sara free download 3:10 19,330
6 Replace Me 4:29 10,384
7 Blonde Hash 4:08 9,653
8 Freedom for a Policeman 2:59 9,508
9 Can You Believe It!? 2:53 8,813
10 Wandering Spirits 2:45 7,759
11 No Panic / No Heat 4:24 5,386
12 Shave My Pussy 2:05 9,179

About this album

Every so often, Chad VanGaalen emerges from his bunker in Calgary with a batch of songs, giving us a window into the the private world of this reclusive and enigmatic songwriter. With Diaper Island, VanGaalen distills his approach, producing his most sonically cohesive album to date – and the closest thing he has done to a rock album.

While VanGaalen’s three previous albums were made in a cramped basement studio, a move to a larger recording room offered space to develop and refine his sound. Fresh from producing Women’s critically lauded Public Strain, VanGaalen decided to avoid the comfort of working on previous ground, and apply some of the recording techniques and sonic ideas that emerged from those sessions. For the first time, multi-tracked and often overdriven guitar is the instrument at the centre of the songs, which are often spartan and free of the melodic details that embellished previous albums. With this focus on guitar, combined with a beloved vintage tape machine determining the sound, VanGaalen moved towards a leaner, no-frills approach – one that more closely resembles the music that influenced him as a teenager, while continuing the arc laid out in his previous work.

The paradox of trying to assert control in a climate of helplessness winds through the album, whether in the existential pondering on life and death that often pervades VanGaalen’s songs (“Do Not Fear,” “Replace Me”), or in the conflict between control and creativity (“Freedom for a Policeman,” “No Panic, No Heat”).

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  • mordwyr

    If I shave my pussy, you might love me. Would you love me? I'm feeling ugly.

    19 May 2014 Reply
  • Econolodge

    Way more cohesive than any of his other projects. I love the way the songs bleed into each other and share a similar atmosphere while being very different from each other stylistically. After giving it a couple years, I can truly say this is one of my favorite indie albums of all time.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • therhapsody

    I can't believe I used to think this album was worse than his others. That is pure baloney.

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    listened to him quite a lot back in 2008. now he's back. and DIAPER ISLAND is different, but really good. i wonder what he's doing next..

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • michaos_ru

    considering Chad as a very good musician I think that previous album Soft Airplane was much more interesting and happy.

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mieler217

    really enjoying this

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • beatfanatic

    my first vangaalen album and I love it.

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • d0l

    it appears someone couldn't be bothered to capitalise their tags, tut tut tut

    17 May 2011 Reply
  • echo_train

    possibly his masterwork..

    4 May 2011 Reply

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