Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Beirut is a up and coming two thousand and six band that sounds a lot like other moderns sounds [Jens Lekman, Sufjan Stevens, and The Walkmen come to mind] while consistently striking out in their own direction. Their debut album, Gulag Orkestar, was released on May 9th of this year via Ba Da Bing records and their label had this to say.
"While it may sound like an entire Balkan gypsy orchestra playing modern songs as mournful ballads and upbeat marches, Beirut's first album, Gulag Orkestar, is largely the work of one 19-year-old Albuquerque native, Zach Condon..."
And a thousand kudos go to you Mr. Condon. What is found on his debut album is largely a mournful gypsy orchestra that is captivating and ethereal. And due to an unfortunate name for his band they're also extremely difficult to find online. As such I've included all the links you'll need. I only aim to serve.
mp3 : Beirut - Postcards from Italy
buy Gulag Orkestar on Amazon for 13.99