New Canadiana :: Dirty Beaches – Badlands

Badlands is quite a venture. From swaying croons to strenuous screams, we continue to follow Alex Zhang Hungtai’s solo foray into personal fiction. More mature than previous outings, this LP contains his best songs yet, and reveals a more aggressive side to his traditional film noir chic. It’s a scratchy and loopy ride, revisiting the past while staying firmly grounded in a singular breezy headspace of conceptual avant-garde. I’m so glad everyone seems to be enthused on just how good Dirty Beaches’ sounds are right now.

[audio:|titles=Dirty Beaches – A Hundred Highways] Dirty Beaches – A Hundred Highways
[audio:|titles=Dirty Beaches – Lord Knows Best] Dirty Beaches – Lord Knows Best

file under: 12", british columbia, New Canadiana.

birthed: 2011-05-13


2 thoughts on “New Canadiana :: Dirty Beaches – Badlands

  1. I know I’m not alone when I say I am madly in love with this record. I had the honor of interviewing Alex a month or so before this record came out. Alex is the coolest motherf$%#@r and the best performer on the planet right now.

    This is a shameless plug, but if you’re interested take a listen to the interview here:

    And check out the new one with Lantern (tech issues messes with us off the top) (second show down):

    And somebody run some tape on the Dirty Beaches/Lantern collab tonight at Glasslands in NYC.

    Thanks Weird Canada. And I don’t need the CBC to tell me this is the ‘best there is, best there was and the best there ever will be’.

  2. yeah this is one my new favorites. i don’t know if he recorded to tape or through tubes, but i hope so, cuz i’m about to buy the album. this stuff can’t live on anything but analog.

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