Dirty Beaches – The Hippo OST

March 11, 2012

Dirty Beaches, stage name of Alex Zhang Hungtai, is a musician who usually creates raw, spaced out, lo fi garage rock with hints towards bands such as Suicide. It usually holds a very dark and mysterious atmosphere within the music that always leads to an enjoyable listening experience.

Now though, he has released something quite different. Entitled The Hippo OST, these three tracks are a departure from the uncontrolled sounds we are accustomed to and instead adopts a gentler approach. It’s three tracks of very subtle yet very engaging guitar work. The minimalist composition really gives a desperate and sparse feel to it, which I think juts adds to the charm. While some film soundtrack may go for the loud and dynamic approach, this goes down a completely different route and it’s beautiful. I can’t stop listening to it since I first heard it yesterday.



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