New Beirut Album Unveiled
Beirut’s next album, The Rip Tide, will be released on August 30th! Head over here to preview one track called “East Harlem”. A track listing is below!
01 A Candle’s Fire
02 Santa Fe
03 East Harlem
05 Payne’s Bay
06 The Rip Tide
08 The Peacock
09 Port of Call
Posted on June 07, 2011 @ 3:11 PM. Leave a comment?
Dublin Gig Review
Independent.ie has a nice review of Beirut’s recent Dublin concert. Read the full review here. An excerpt is below:
On their return to TriPod, they electrified the sell-out crowd, which included none other than Sean Penn.
Beirut have built a head of steam in the past few years, evolving from a solo venture by New Mexican Zach Condon into a full-blown band project incorporating Balkan folk and indie rock, straddling world music and alt-rock audiences.
Condon and his seven-piece band are a euphoric delight. It takes them a short while to find their stride, but when they do, they’re unstoppable.
The jewel in their crown is the sublime ‘Postcards from Italy’. Its fusion of brass and ukulele is stunning, topped off with Condon’s trembling vocals. When the horns kick in half-way in, the entire crowd, including Mr Penn, are visibly thrilled.
Posted on August 30, 2010 @ 3:31 PM. Leave a comment?
The Force of Sheer Brass
IrishTimes.com has a lovely article about Zach Condone up! Here’sone of my favorite parts:
While the other kids in his home town were picking up guitars, young Zach picked up a trumpet and was delighted with the explosive sound he got out of it. For a shy teenager who craved attention, the trumpet was the perfect show-stopper. He dropped out of school at 16 and worked for a time at a local movie theatre that played only foreign films. That was where he discovered the Balkan soundtracks to movies by such directors as Emir Kusturica.
“When you play trumpet as a teenager you end up going to jazz,” he says, “but I got to hear it being played by a Balkan folk band, and it’s completely different. To hear this beautiful instrument being played by some guy as if it was his last day on earth – that blew me away.”
Four years on from his shaky start, Condon has shed the teenage awkwardness and become comfortable on stage. His group are now a sharply honed band of musical gypsies who can hold their own equally in a dancehall in Macedonia, a wedding in Mexico or a hot afternoon at the Coachella festival.
Read the full article here!
Posted on August 22, 2010 @ 7:37 PM. Leave a comment?