Dirty Beaches, “Displaced”

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 08.19.14 in Listen to This

While he’s perhaps best known for writing claustrophobic pop song under his Dirty Beaches alias and wearing leather jackets more convincingly than you ever will, Alex Zhang Hungtai has also worked on several film scores in recent years (see: Dirty Beaches’s Bandcamp page). His ability to create an atmosphere and maintain its mood for minutes on end will finally see a more widespread release on November 4 when Zoo Music — the imprint run by Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and her husband Brandon Welchez from Crocodiles — releases the instrumental LP Stateless. Previewed here via a droning, 7-and-a-half-minute stunner called “Displaced,” it features sax/synth parts from Dirty Beaches and viola work by Italian composer Vittorio Demarin.

“All seasons are cyclical, like real life shit,” Hungtai explains in a press release. “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 … 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.”

Or capturing on record…