Dirty Beaches

Stateless

Zoo Music

Jan 15, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent Bookmark and Share


This drifty instrumental release couldn't be much further removed from the Suicide and Roy Orbison-haunted crooning Alex Zhang Hungtai made his name on. The album's palette is synth, sax, and viola. Each track is a sprawl, the shortest weighing in at over seven minutes, and the longest maxing out at just under 15. Hungtai doesn't concern himself with making this music containable or providing an entry point for listeners, and Stateless often feels like a soundtrack searching for images to play off of. Yet the record's high pointsthe coldly enveloping title track and "Pacific Ocean"bear Hungtai's unmistakably desolate stamp. (www.dirtybeaches.blogspot.co.uk)

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