Dirty Beaches is consistently good, one of those nice groups that always puts in the effort. From such depths and murk come the hallowed tones of Dirty Beaches. With Stateless the newest addition into the Dirty Beaches discography there is a focus on instrumental. Alex Zhang Hungtai’s voice will be sorely missed on the newest record. A large part of Dirty Beaches comes from the voice however muffled it might be. His delivery is smooth cool stuff that matches perfectly with the grimy atmospheres he creates as he begins to reveal the beauty between them.
Stateless honestly might work best as an instrumental album. Judging from a teaser trailer it appears to be a relatively subdued affair. Kept pristine clean it is a bit different from his other work yet within that same vein. He keeps the arrangements pretty damn engaging which is good as he explores new sounds and textures. Almost classical in tone with this one it is in sync with many other Dirty Beaches songs, the quiet ones after the driving rhythms have simply run their course leaving behind the empty wilderness.
Can music even have a state? Dirty Beaches explores a lot of the world’s sound while remaining above it all to a large degree. Elements of Suicide’s cool sound definitely are a key influence and factor in a lot of the Dirty Beaches sound, but are their others? Is it something greater than the sum of its influences? For now that seems to be the case, and with Stateless, maybe Dirty Beaches can finally go beyond the aural world he’s created for himself. Perhaps with the new Dirty Beaches album Dirty Beaches can finally clean up those beaches.