In Their Own Words: Dirty Beaches
We've been hinting on the last few podcasts that we'd soon be running another volume of In their Own Words: the Montreal Sessions. For the uninitiated, the series is a unique, in depth ten-part band profile series curated by local producer/engineer/audio ethnographer Martin Simon Greizis. The musicians featured share their experiences, inspirations, and aspirations in pursuit of their artistic vision.
We ran volume one of the series back in 2009 (see podcasts #103 - #112) and we were thrilled when Martin approached us with volume two. He's compiled another set of insightful and moving documentaries on 10 talented local acts. We get the series started this week with podcast number one, featuring Dirty Beaches.
Dirty Beaches is the defining musical work of crooner Alex Zhang Hungtai. A one man band, Dirty Beaches is minimalist rockabilly. Beat driven melodies, layered with a temperal sonic ambience; it is a soundtrack for the contemplative wonderer. One take, lo-fi recordings capture the inspiration of the moment. Music for the generational divide.
In Their Own Words: Dirty Beaches. The journey
Tune in next week for the second instalment in this series, a profile of Chix n Dix
In Their Own Words: the Montreal sessions is produced by Martin Simon Greizis. Photo of Dirty Beaches taken by Brooke Doyle.