Alex Zhang Hungtai
There are few musicians better suited for our rapidly evolving modern society than Alex Zhang Hungtai. Best known for his lo-fi acid-crooning project Dirty Beaches, the Canadian-born, Taiwanese-rooted, Chinese-speaking U.S. resident is busier than ever, playing saxophone in a recent episode of Twin Peaks, and touring with Love Theme, a new project released via experimental producer Helm’s blossoming record label, ALTER. Zhang seems constantly inspired by and fascinated with the phenomenon of mixed heritage. All of his post-Dirty Beaches projects—from the piano-oriented Knave of Hearts to the Lisbon jazz trio to Love Theme—are the work of an artist rabidly documenting their corner of a rapidly changing landscape.