Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Beirut Double EP

With a 19-piece band and the help of a translator Zach Condon ventured to Teotitlan del Valle, Mexico to record the first half of his new double EP March of the Zapotec.   The result is an upbeat take on his always familiar sound accompanied by the jams of a well tuned mariachi band.  On the second half of the record-Holland- the music slows down and takes on a sound I found unfamiliar as a longtime listener of Beirut.  This portion of the album can be attributed  to Condon's time experimenting with elctronic sounds in his parent's basement while recording Gulag Orkestar.   These pieces are finally seeing the light of day and they sound sublime!  
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