Hear Dirty Beaches’ Rattling Rockabilly Doom-Bomb ‘Casino Lisboa’
Now THIS is the sound of punching oneself in the face
When he’s not busy punching himself in the face or modulating synth chords, Alex Zhang Hungtai makes super intense lo-fi no wave music under the name Dirty Beaches. We most recently heard the man’s dread-steeped soundtrack for a short film called Waterpark, but he’s also gearing up to release a new album. Drifters/Love Is the Devil is due May 21 via Zoo Music and the titular track (latter half) turned out to be a tear-soaked dirge without a single lyric. New song “Casino Lisboa” might give us a better idea of what Hungtai is up to these days, laying down a rattling, distortion-heavy foundation while the man spits semi-intelligible venom from a mouth that seems caught in a permanent rockabilly sneer. There are echoes of both Tonetta and Brian Eno, with hints of the utter nothing that awaits us at the end of this crushing existence.