Release Date: May 18, 2018
Record label: Polyvinyl
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
"This guitar wants to die," James Alex sings at the very end of "Filthy Luck," a fan favorite originally recorded at the very beginning of Alex's band, Beach Slang, back in 2013. That version, awash in Replacements guitars and thrashing drums, is a far cry from the cello and piano-laced version on Everything Matters But No One Is Listening--the debut LP of Alex's latest project, the appropriately monikered Quiet Slang. After a well-received NPR Tiny Desk Concert that saw the anthemic noise of Beach Slang stripped down to just Alex and a guitar, the velvet suit, ruffle shirt-wearing frontman decided to dial back the decibels and give some of his most beloved cuts a makeover.
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening is the first full-length release by Quiet Slang, the acoustic counterpart to the James Alex-led Beach Slang. He introduced the project on the 2017 EP We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, which consisted of two reworked Beach Slang songs and covers of the Replacements and Big Star. Everything Matters But No One Is Listening concentrates on Beach Slang, offering ten previously released songs culled from all four of their prior releases (two 2014 EPs and their first two albums).