2011’s Badlands put Alex Zhang Hungtai, aka Dirty Beaches, on the map. The sparse, dark record sounded like Suicide’s first album made by the bad guy from a 50s beach-party flick. Hungtai’s greaser image paired with his damaged Elvis Presley whine made for one of the creepiest and coolest records of that year, one that I still spin frequently. Since Badlands dropped, Hungtai’s put out a small handful of releases as Dirty Beaches, including two more ambient and synthy film scores, and this month he’s back with a new proper full length, Drifters/Love Is the Devil, and as expected, it’s really great. This LP, which Hungati has said is a break-up record, is bleaker than anything he’s done before. Gone are the greaser vibes, and stronger than ever is the minimal synth-punk. The record’s centerpiece, “Mirage Hall” is today’s 12 O’Clock Track, a fractured, damaged, almost dancey drone number. It’s really dark and moody, almost uncomfortably so, and all that makes it amazing. Take a listen after the jump.