When Calgary artist Chad VanGaalen gets into a songwriting phase, it’s always in an intense fashion. Case in point: when VanGaalen originally submitted his recently finished work to his label Sub Pop this time around, he gave the label nearly three completed albums worth of new material written following his underrated 2008 record Soft Airplane. Diaper Island emerged out of these new compositions, standing as the longtime DIY-artist’s first attempt to record in a studio environment. On his fourth album, VanGaalen has made his most rock-heavy record while continuing along in his usual autonomous and creative process—writing, performing and recording everything on this effort as well as illustrating the album artwork.
Diaper Island, which will be out in stores on May 17 via Sub Pop, can be streamed up until the release date on Paste’s website. Click the album artwork to hear the group’s latest effort.