When I spoke to Alex Zhang (aka Dirty Beaches) a couple of weeks ago, he was adamant that his live performances would not consist of reproducing his recorded work but would focus on being more experimental and spontaneous. In fact, halfway through his concert at Pink Noize on Wednesday, 16th April he remarked – “True blue’s for pussies” when a request was shouted out from the audience.
It’s back! Considering the time constraints and attention span of modern web-users, I’ve decided to resurrect trusty ol’ Blurb-O-Rama, which will attempt to distill the essence of an album or EP with 50 or less words. Hopefully, this will be a weekly affair and we’ll focus on a trio of albums each time…
Cosmic Suckerpunch – Breathe EP
Melodic rock that treads the middle path between The Killers and Kings of Leon, a dynamic hybrid of post-punk and rock n’ roll styles. This 5-track EP is a superb introduction to this LA alt-rock outfit and will provide new listeners with a good sense of the band’s assets – memorable tunes, intense energy and hard driving guitars!
Wild Nothing – Empty Estate EP
This EP follows two well-received full-lengths albums from the Jack Tatum vehicle. The EP strays slightly from the indie rock/dream pop agenda previously set by adding a synth-heavy sound that embellishes Tatum’s gift of angular guitar constructs. Songs like “On Guyot” and “Hachiko” extend Tatum’s experimental pop bent whilst tracks like “Data World” and “A Dancing Shell” will appeal to the dance pop pundits. Official Site
Dirty Beaches – drifters/love is the devil
Double-album set of experimental, avant garde noise rock. Really? Alex Zhang aka Dirty Beaches does not hide his arty ambitions at emulating The Velvet Underground with his droning, repetitive, minimalist approach. Certainly not for all tastes, both albums consist of live recordings, which either makes this enlightening or exasperating. I figure, somewhere in the middle. Choice nuggets – “Love is the Devil” and “Berlin”, atmospheric chaos. Official Site
… still there’s more …