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.
Flying Lotus is cooler than you. Sure he might not know anything about you but it is a certainty. His stock has been flying high for years. With each release he gets closer to a level of perfection rarely attained by producers. Long ago his peers gave up content for middling status. Prefuse 73 calls Flying Lotus all the time. There are more important things than calling back Prefuse 73 when you’re Flying Lotus. Already Flying Lotus is responsible for roughly 80% of all Adult Swim bumps. Now with his move into Goth territory he’s capitalizing on the hottest Goth craze sweeping the nation (via the economic depression).
What can “You’re Dead!” do differently? Probably nothing and that is a wonderful thing. At this point Flying Lotus has become a critical darling. Every time Flying Lotus releases an album he gets gift baskets from music reviewers thanking him for putting out something worth reviewing. Flying Lotus changes the template ever so slightly with each additional release. Mixtures of everything come into play on a Flying Lotus record, but fun is the biggest attraction.
A lot of artists believe that to be a great artist they need to sound tortured all the time. This thought reached its absolute peak with the early to mid-aughts via the EMO craze. EMO exhausted itself and became dubstep since everybody was sick of feeling bad. Flying Lotus moves beyond these mere genres though to create something new. Every Flying Lotus track sounds quite frankly, stunning, like Flying Lotus enjoyed putting it together piece by painstaking piece.
Can Flying Lotus continue his rich legacy of bringing the jams? Considering the consistency of his output it is likely that he will. That is a very good thing indeed.