This title track has blood&tears all over it and is the sound of my empty self. I need to share this before it becomes something else.
— Dirty Beaches (@dirtybeaches808) January 26, 2013
Badlands is the debut full-length from "trans-Pacific nomad"/crooner Alex Zhang Hungtai, aka Dirty Beaches. Forget for a second that it sounds like he copped that moniker straight from the chillwave name generator, and get lost in this lovelorn, hopelessly romantic track from the record's gorgeous and more pensive second half, which Alex promises is made up of "ballads and dirges laced with murder and lament...