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Dirty Beaches - "Love is the Devil"

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Lo-fi rock project Dirty Beaches, a.k.a. the solo endeavor of Taiwanese musician Alex Zhang Hungtai, had its breakthrough in 2011 with Badlands, a brief exercise in dirtily recorded indie rock that filters influences from old styles through an odd, hazy lens. Many modern rock acts adopt the "lo-fi" tag, but on Badlands, Dirty Beaches felt as if it truly earned the descriptor, implementing a commitment to rough and noisy production that calls to mind artists such as Japanese noise rock pioneers Les Rallizes Dénudés.

The project's next offering is a double album, which will be released on May 21, 2013 via ZOO MUSIC. Titled Drifters/Love Is The Devil, the record's two discs will explore the behavior brought on by pleasure-seeking night life and a more introspective viewpoint of remorse and the loss of love, respectively. The latter will include this track, "Love is the Devil," an instrumental comprising of evocative synthesizer drones. In spite of its instrumentation being particularly minimal, "Love is the Devil" manages to be highly earnest and intimate, representing its disc's themes quite appropriately.