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1 review »Think you know what to expect from Dirty Beaches? Well, this latest release may make you think again, with the post-punk and dirge-psych aspects of his sound set aside in a selection of droney analogue tones and echoey ambience on a shortish soundtrack to Evan Prosofsky’s film ‘Water Park’, with Hungtai exploring “the neutral element of sound in a massive indoor water park ... »

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Water Park OST by Dirty Beaches
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 13 February 2013

Think you know what to expect from Dirty Beaches? Well, this latest release may make you think again, with the post-punk and dirge-psych aspects of his sound set aside in a selection of droney analogue tones and echoey ambience on a shortish soundtrack to Evan Prosofsky’s film ‘Water Park’, with Hungtai exploring “the neutral element of sound in a massive indoor water park located in west Edmonton Mall...A vacation home to countless stranded Canadians with no vacation in sight.”

It opens with soft drones, twinkling and shimmering, ominous but relaxing, before introducing some more melodic synth/mellotron to the mix over the first half of the record with the lengthy ‘Floating Underwater Watching Waves’ combining spooky hiss and soothing modular arpeggios, while over on the other side the focus seems to be more on heavily reverberated string twanging (makes me wonder if some part of the water park was actually used in recording) and more defined melodies on the keys when they are used. Closer ‘Good Bye Edmonton’ has a library-toned melancholy to it with some casual, defeated tinkling over two repeating chords, before it closes on a reprise of the shimmering opener. It’s unsurprising that this is more ambient than his other output with it being a soundtrack, but it’s still an interesting left turn for Mr Beaches.


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