Dirty Beaches - “Love Is The Devil”
Taiwanese-born globetrotter Alex Zhang Hungtai has two new records in the works for his retro-focused Dirty Beaches project, following up 2011’s dusty Badlands LP. Released earlier today on his personal YouTube channel, “Love Is The Devil” is the first taste of Dirty Beaches’ forthcoming albums. It’s a brooding, melancholic swath of instrumental ambience, oscillating between hollow synth drones and warm, crackly strings. It evokes a lot of the same feelings that The Caretaker’s eerily nostalgic An Empty Bliss Beyond This World procured when it was released back in 2011, and I wouldn’t be surprised if James Kirby’s work was a large influence on this track. Fans of Hungtai’s Presleyan moans might miss the absence of his voice, but there will likely be plenty of that on at least one of the upcoming records.
Accompanying the YouTube video in which this song was debuted is a Bukowski quote that might offer some more direct insight into Hungtai’s inspiration:
“Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.”