Stream Dirty Beaches Neon Gods Of Lost Youth
Last year Alex Zhang Hungtai, better known by his moniker Dirty Beaches, released the double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil which split its discs in the style of Bowie’s Low (and both were recorded in Berlin!) to incredible results. Beginning with Drifters‘ familiar Suicide-meets-rock-a-billy cuts like “Casino Lisboa” (which landed a spot on my Top 10 Songs Of 2013) it shifted into the heart-wrenching ambient pieces of Love Is The Devil. It was a total breakthrough, but today Zhang Hungtai releases an EP of material from before that period. Titled Neon Gods Of Lost Youth it collects tracks recorded between 2006 and 2012. As a collection of rarities it jumps around a lot from the droning jam of “Neon Gods & Funeral Strippers” to the hissy, lo-fi blues rock of “廟街(Featuring The Offset: Spectacles),” but they all share the common theme of being about, as he puts it, “childhood memories, folklores (about the haunted Xinhai tunnel) and fictional characters … that were a tribute to teenage delinquents in 80’s/90’s Taiwan/Hong Kong blockbuster gangster films that I grew up watching. Damn those movies were good…” The EP is dedicated to “the lost memories of youth and Taiwan.” Stream it below.