Interview With Dirty Beaches
SPARSE BUT CONDENSED AND RELENTLESSLY EDGING FORWARD
Dirty Beaches is the sound of waves against a picturesque and putrid shore. Sparse but condensed and relentlessly edging forward, this is music for racing your weary motorbike through neon archways and into dusky tunnels. Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai; solo performer, soundsmith and trans-Pacific nomad. Like Bo Diddley or minimalist provocateurs Suicide, Dirty Beaches’ compositions are not so much stripped down as refined to their essence.
Dirty Beaches’ critically acclaimed debut album (Badlands) is now available in the UK and Europe (you can buy it here). If you like to try before you buy then you can also download an MP3 of True Blue here and hear Badlands streamed in its evocative entirety here. There is of course also these photos and this video to occupy your time too.