BEIRUT – Another Taster From Upcoming Collection ‘ARTIFACTS’

18 November 2021

Band: BEIRUT
Who: The musical project/band of ZACK CONDON
Active: Since 2006 / 5 studio LPs so far

New album: ARTIFACTS
What: A double-album collection of
unreleased tracks, EPs, and B-sides

Release: 4 March 2022
Order info: here

Track: SO SLOWLY

Condon about the song: “I had a few years where all I wanted to play was the Wurlitzer for some reason. I actually first wrote this song on a white baby grand piano that was surprisingly cheap. Apparently white pianos lost their popularity as a status symbol in the thick carpeted living rooms of the 70s. I was particularly proud of the conch shell “brass section” I arranged behind the first vocal parts, using a self made horn from a huge conch shell my parents had picked up in Key West when they were still young and wild, before me and my brothers were born.”

Shuffle your feet and sway with your hips…


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BEIRUT – Here’s First Single ‘FISHER ISLAND SOUND’ From Upcoming Unreleased Material Collection

New striking strokes

23 October 2021

Band: BEIRUT
Who: The musical project/band of ZACK CONDON
Active: Since 2006 / 5 studio LPs so far

New album: ARTIFACTS
What: A double-album collection of
unreleased tracks, EPs, and B-sides

Release: 4 March 2022
Order info: here

Condon: “When the decision came to re-release this collection, I found
myself digging through hard drives looking for something extra to add
to the compilation. What started as a few extra unreleased tracks from
my formative recording years quickly grew into an entire extra records
worth of music from my past.”

First single: FISHER ISLAND SOUND

“This song was written while staying in band member Ben Lanz’s old family
cottage on the coast of Connecticut, on the Fisher Island Sound. I played with
the lines for years before trying to record version of it… I, however, struggled
in those years to put vocals on the songs and ended up scrapping a lot of
the music from that era in this part of the collection due to fear, stress,
and self-doubt.”

Familiar sound, familiar voice, familiar magnetism…

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3 Albums Released 15 Years Ago – RHCP – BEIRUT – SCOTT WALKER

Back in time…

10 May 2021

Band: BEIRUT (US)
Album: GULAG ORKESTAR – debut LP
Released: 9 May 2006 – 15 years ago

AllMusic: “Ignore the clunky lyrics — easy enough to do since Condon is an
unexpectedly appealing singer with a rich, mellifluous voice that, no kidding,
recalls the great bel canto crooners of the pre-rock era (along with a little
Nick Cave) — and Gulag Orkestar is an infinitely more appealing album.”

Stream here…

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BEIRUT: Facebook

Artist: SCOTT WALKER (US/UK)
Album: THE DRIFT – 13th solo LP
Released: 8 May 2006 – 15 years ago

“The sound and subject matter for the album is unrelentingly dark
and unsettling, often juxtaposing quiet sections with sudden loud
noise to induce discomfort in the listener. Subjects include torture,
disease, 9/11, Elvis Presley (and his stillborn twin brother Jesse Garon
Presley), and the Srebrenica massacre.”

Stream here…

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SCOTT WALKER: Facebook

Band: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (US)
Album: STADIUM ARCADIUM – 9th LP ( a double one)
Released: 9 May 2006 – 15 years ago

Los Angeles Times wrote: “They’ve never sounded this good as musicians.
The use of analog tape lends a raw, organic touch to the whole album and
the Chili Peppers come off more assured and confident than they ever did
back when they made a career out of bragging.”

Stream here…

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RHCP: Facebook

‘Gulag Orkestar’ – Debut LP By BEIRUT Released In 2006

Old and new albums to make your day

19 January 2020

Band: Beirut (band of Santa Fe native and singer/songwriter Zach Condon)
Album: Gulag Orkestar – debut LP
Note: The Gulag was a Soviet government agency administering forced
labor camps, while orkestar is the Serbo-Croatian word for ‘orchestra’.
Released: 9 May 2006
AllMusic wrote: “Condon is an unexpectedly appealing singer with a rich,
mellifluous voice that, no kidding, recalls the great bel canto crooners of
the pre-rock era (along with a little Nick Cave) and Gulag Orkestar is
an infinitely appealing album.”

Album in full…

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BEIRUT: Facebook


Back sleeve…

BEIRUT Returns With Brassy And Hearftfelt Title Track From New Album – Here’s ‘CALLIPOLI’…

New sonic impulses

BEIRUT‘s musical maestro Zach Condon announced new, fifth album, entitled GALLIPOLI
a couple of days ago and here’s the charming title track. Condon revealed the story behind the delightful fresh song in a press statement: “We stumbled into the medieval-fortressed island town of Gallipoli in Italy, one night and followed a brass band procession fronted by priests carrying a statue of the town’s saint through the winding narrow streets behind what seemed like the entire town. The next day I wrote the song entirely in one sitting, pausing
only to eat.”

Here’s the brassy and heartfelt beauty…

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Album CALLIPOLI out 1 February 2019 – more info here