James Alex was born with music running through his veins. I can confirm that, having listened to – and fallen in love with – his Beach Slang for the past couple of years. Here is his newest project, named Quiet Slang, a revisitation of his indie punk hits with his voice and a contributing pianist and cellist only. An EP, ‘We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags’ has been announced and will be released on October 20th, via Polyvinyl (US), Big Scary Monsters (UK/EU), Cooking Vinyl (AU/NZ). The first cut off this new project is a revisitation of the banger ‘Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas’ accompanied by a new video.
“Look, I suppose we’re all chasing something that resembles salvation, something that calms our bones. Maybe this is some small slice of that. Maybe it’s not. – says the singer/guitarist on a personal message sent to Beach Slang’s fans through a newsletter – Maybe it’s chaos in soft clothes. Maybe it’s frightened. Maybe it’s fearless. Maybe it’s both. Or maybe it’s nothing. I don’t know, but I think about this: one day I’m going to be dust. And when my soul splits, maybe this will be the thing that sneaks me through the gates. If not, well, those are the breaks.”
Listen to the new version of ‘Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas’ and watch its video, also find artwork and tracklist for Quiet Slang EP1 below here. The new extended play will be available through Big Scary Monsters on a limited edition of clear 7” with orange splatter, or regular black.
‘We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags’ – Tracklist
1. Future Mixtape For The Art Kids
2. Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas
3. Androgynous (The Replacements)
4. Thirteen (Big Star)