Dirty Beaches makes MOOD. - Oh My Rockness

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Dirty Beaches makes MOOD.

February 13, 2011
Vancouver's Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai. That guy is definitely down with the lo-fi. So lo-fi, I can't really hear what's going on at times. It's all minimal and muffled and stuff. And Hungtai has one of those low voices that kind of vibrates your bowels a bit (in a good way, of course!).

There's something about Dirty Beaches that sticks with you. It evokes... what's the word... mood. Yes, mood. You know, I bet this is kind of what the Velvet Underground would have sounded like if they started in 2011 and were Canadian (yes, I realize that means absolutely nothing... oh well, it happens).

There is definitely a spooky, haunting vibe hovering around this music. I'm not sure if it's that Hungtai feels kind of sad, or he's just really serious, or what. But as I say, it's pretty damn great no matter what the guy's feeling.

My favorite Dirty Beaches song (so far) is "Lord Knows Best." So if you want to quickly check the band out, I recommended you check out that track first. It's kind of haunting and sad right? But those piano plucks give it some nice levity. Get down with Dirty Beaches if you get down with the (sad) (serious) lo-fi that kind of sounds like a 2011 version of Velvet Underground.

Dirty Beaches play Empty Bottle, on Thursday, February 24th.


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