Best of 2011: Chad VanGaalen – Diaper Island

Despite the unfortunate title, Diaper Island is an amazing, heady mix of reverbed mood woven with a voice that at times seems barely strong enough to sustain the weight of the sometimes sad words sung. I had somehow missed the boat on finding him through any of his previous three releases, but I’m more than happy with what I’ve found. The album is a tender mix of beautifully paranoid and touching songwriting, all articulated with a delicacy that few can match.

Though off of 2008’s Soft Airplane, the tremendous ‘Rabid Bits of Time’ was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Norman and sums up all that is beautiful and fragile about VanGaalen’s songwriting:

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