September 5, 2011 – 3:53 am

A very small band.

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Switzerland 2011 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Paléo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland; July 20, 2011. Excellent FM stereo.

“Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Zachary Francis Condon, and later expanded into a band. Their first performances were in New York in May 2006, to support the release of their debut album, Gulag Orkestar. The music combines elements of Eastern European and Balkan folk with Western pop music, fusing the American mainstream and indie-rock culture and the World Music market.” [from wikipedia]

Regular BigO readers comfortable with ’60s, ’70s rock music will find the vocals here a main hurdle. It requires a shift in expectations from then to now. The first time a band sounded like this was probably Morrissey in The Smiths. Condon sounds a bit like Morrissey without the bite. Musically, there’s much more to appreciate as Condon “fuses” styles European, folk and whatever using his main choice of instruments accordian, horns, piano and ukulele.

If it all sounds “unfriendly” it’s because Beirut don’t write pop singles. It’s more about the “feel”. The titles suggest that direction - “Postcards From Italy”, “Scenic World”, “East Harlem”, “Nantes”, “Cherbourg” and “The Akara”. This is music from a well-travelled American. Condon speaks French on stage to this audience in Nyon.

Beirut are also big in Brazil. Elephant Gun was a song featured on a popular Brazilian TV series. Thanks to trekytt for sharing at DIME.
- The Little Chicken

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Track 01. Intro/Mimizan (4.8MB)
Track 02. The Concubine ^ (4.6MB)
Track 03. The Shrew + (6.5MB)
Track 04. Elephant Gun (7.7MB)
Track 05. Vagabond (4.7MB)
Track 06. After The Curtain (5.0MB)
Track 07. Postcards From Italy (6.5MB)
Track 08. Scenic World (4.6MB)
Track 09. Santa Fe * (7.4MB)
Track 10. A Sunday Smile (5.6MB)
Track 11. East Harlem * (6.5MB)
Track 12. Nantes (6.8MB)
Track 13. The Akara + (5.7MB)
Track 14. Cherbourg (5.0MB)
Track 15. My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille ^ (6.4MB)

* from the newly released album The Rip Tide, August 2011
+ from the Jan 2009 EP March Of The Zapotec
^ from the Jan 2009 EP Holland

Beirut’s latest album The Rip Tide is on Condon’s own label, Pompeii Records. It is his first album under the Beirut name since 2007’s The Flying Club Cup. Buy it here.

  1. 2 Responses to “MADE IN AMERICA”

  2. Thanks Big O for another nice surprise!

    By xavieronassis on Sep 5, 2011

  3. Beirut should be more well-known in this country. Thanks!

    By Phil Brickey on Sep 5, 2011

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