Whether he’s evoking the aural equivalent of a Wong Kar-Wai film or the frenzied rage of Suicide, the music created by Alex Zhang Hungtai under the moniker Dirty Beaches always brings a passionate intensity. He gave us the incredible double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil last year, and the rarities collection Neon Gods Of Lost Youth this past spring, and now Dirty Beaches will release Stateless, a new entirely instrumental album. The four-track album was recorded in Lisbon, and it features Hungtai on tenor saxophone and synthesizer along with Italian composer Vittorio Demarin on viola. You can read a statement about the album from Hungtai and listen to its opening track, “Displaced,” below.
All seasons are cyclical, like real life shit. We adapt and venture through each phase with intentions of engagement, embracing mistakes and chances that eventually become the foundation of identities and roles we take on in life. All pain is temporary, as in joy, anger, doubt and all human emotions. Nothing is forever. Just a constant cyclical randomization processed in patterns and algorithms. We can’t predict life, but we can try to brace ourselves for the ever changing tides of time.
Some dreams, are worth breaking your limbs for.
Dedicated to ALL the young gods out there.
Alex Zhang Hungtai
June 13th, 2014. Lisbon, Portugal
Stateless is out November 4th via Zoo Music.