Dirty Beaches will release new album Stateless — their follow-up to last year’s Drifters/Love Is the Devil double feature — on Nov. 4 via Zoo Music. And you can stream it right now, a week before it’s out, but hold on to that feeling as long as you can, because it’ll be the last music you’re likely to hear from Dirty Beaches. Alex Zhang Hungtai, the primary songwriter and performer in Dirty Beaches, has announced the project is coming to an end.
In a series of Tweets this morning, Hungtai explains that he’ll continue to make music in some capacity, just not as Dirty Beaches: “Hi guys thank you all for the support of STATELESS, its sad to say goodbye to DB, but rest assured NEW PROJECTS NEW MUSIC COMING SOON 2015. this may not be a smart move & painful1 too, but in the long run I’ll look back & be glad I moved on from Dirty Beaches. Thank you all x. RIP DIRTY BEACHES 2005-2014. Time to move on.”
It was a good ride while it lasted! The aforementioned Drifters/Love Is The Devil is a highly impressive double-album, and his 2011 record Badlands is also some great, eerie listening, informed in equal part by Suicide and Roy Orbison. So, good Halloween-week tunes, really.
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