Alex Zhang Hungtai, a Taiwanese-born Canadian indie kid who calls himself Dirty Beaches. Here’s what the Guardian had to say:
His music is the result of his nomadic upbringing and the ensuing feeling of alienation. “I don’t really have a place where I can say I was born and raised,” he has said. “For me, home is a collage of all these fractured landscapes that I try to piece together.”
And the place he pieces them together is his music, a mood-mosaic of words and sounds that is never less than sombre and always supremely stylish. It veers between doo-wop balladry and garage rumble, with the occasional interfering guitar drone, like an incursion into this forgotten past from a future Sonic Youth.