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Dirty Beaches

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Dirty Beaches' low-slung, lo-fi, post-rockabilly is the project of Alex Zhang Hungtai, who was born in Taiwan but moved to Canada at an early age. Mixing a croon worthy of Elvis or Roy Orbison with Suicide-like drum machines and a fondness for found sounds and hypnotic loops, Hungtai's music is equally familiar-sounding and surreal. He released a slew of albums, EPs, and cassettes on labels such as Night People and Fixture Records, then moved to Zoo Records for his official debut album, Badlands, which was released in early 2011. Hungtai remained busy, issuing singles on Suicide Squeeze and a split with Xiu Xiu in 2011 and 2012, and released the Waterpark soundtrack on A Records in March 2013 and the double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil that May.

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Who Is…Dirty Beaches

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

While most people associate Nicolas Cage with flaccid popcorn flicks like National Treasure, Alex Zhang Hungtai still relishes his mercurial role as Sailor Ripley, the Elvis-quoting outlaw who dives straight off the deep end in one of David Lynch's most divisive movies, 1990's Wild At Heart. Fittingly, Ripley is one of the many role models for the central character in Hungtai's breakthrough record as Dirty Beaches. Badlands is a concept album that's inspired by everything from… more »