Quiet Slang
We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags [Quiet Slang] EP
Oct 20, 2017

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Almost since Beach Slang came into being, bandleader James Alex has taken to performing his group's heartfelt anthems as more intimate solo renditions.

Appropriately dubbed "Quiet Slang," these alternate reality versions of Beach Slang's music have now simultaneously been stripped down and fleshed out in the studio to include piano and cello.

The result is a collection of songs that peel away the layers of reverb and distortion to lay bare their starkly honest and emotional cores.


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. 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.

—James Alex [Quiet Slang]


  • 1
    Future Mixtape For The Art Kids [Quiet Slang] (Beach Slang) (3:02)
  • 2
    Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas [Quiet Slang] (Beach Slang, Quiet Slang) (4:05)
  • 3
    Androgynous [Quiet Slang] (Beach Slang) (3:27)
  • 4
    Thirteen [Quiet Slang] (Beach Slang) (2:58)


"It’s striking to hear those words without a thundering chorus of guitars accompanying them, and, as such, they take on a different resonance."

Consequence of Sound

"Alex’s sweet, wistful lyrics have always been as tender as any folk songwriter."

Consequence of Sound


  • Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas [Quiet Slang] (4:02)

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