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Gulag Orkestar - Vinyl Reissue

    Orchestrated folk-pop for fans of Sufjan Stevens, Calexico, Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields, Klezmer, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Boban Markovic Orchestra. There are no guitars on this album; instead, horns, violins, cellos, ukeleles, mandolins, glockenspiel, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, pianos, clarinets and accordions all build and break around Zach Condon's deep voiced crooner vocals, swaying to the Eastern European beats like a drunken 12 piece carnival band. Guests include Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel) and Heather Trost (A Hawk And A Hacksaw). "Gulag Orkestar" is a glorious sweep of music, striking in its emotional content and stunning in its scope.

    This was their debut release, originally released in 2006.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Beirut

    The Flying Club Cup - Vinyl Reissue

      Following 2006's astonishing debut "Gulag Orkestar", Zach Condon AKA Beirut returned in 2007 with "Flying Club Cup". In between the two albums, he had been living in Paris immersing himself in France's culture, fashion, history and music, in much the same way as he absorbed Balkan culture for his debut album. Condon's musical gaze now looked to the likes of Jacques Brel and Francois Hardy for inspiration, and "Flying Club Cup" is another sweeping and triumphant European folk album that combines these new ideas with elements of his previous work too. Where as "Gulag Orkestar" was mainly a solo effort, for this album Condon acted as a band leader putting together a core group of eight musicians and together they've managed to recreate his cultural borderless vision with this expansive and enthralling album.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Beirut

      The Rip Tide - Vinyl Reissue

        Zach Condon's music often parallels the exotic mysteries of world travel. Since Beirut's last album, 2007's 'The Flying Club Cup', sang a love-letter to France (with a 2009 stop-off in Mexico for the 'March of the Zapotec' EP), many asked where his songs would voyage next, but few predicted the inward journey Condon takes on 'The Rip Tide', an album with the most introspective and memorable songs of his young career.

        Recorded in Upstate New York, Brooklyn and, of course, Condon's hometowns of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 'The Rip Tide' marks a distinct leaping off point for Beirut. Beginning life as small melodies conceived on piano or ukulele, the songs were built upon by the entire band in the studio before Condon's paring down and retrofitting. The results sound like they were recorded in a single session, with exciting rhythms matching the upbeat horns and contrasting the mournful strings. No direct geographical affiliation was exhumed; rather, the style that emerges belongs uniquely and distinctly to Beirut-one that has been hinted at all along.

        Lyrically, Condon's deep honesty outstrips the simplified nomadic troubadour image of his past. The tracks speak of love, friendship, isolation and community, touching on universal human themes that are less fabricated stories than impressions of life at a quarter-century of age. This dramatic shift expands Beirut's palate without weighing down the music. 'Santa Fe', a jumpy ode to the town of his youth, is the best pop song he has written yet. Of particular note is 'Goshen', a torch song that wraps itself in Condon's delicate piano phrases at a level of intimacy never heard before on a Beirut song.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Gallipoli, Beirut’s fifth album, started life when Zach Condon returned to his old Farfisa organ, the same one he used to write his first two albums, Gulag Orkestar (2006) and The Flying Club Cup (2007). After stints writing and recording in both New York and Berlin, with time for Zach to recover from a broken arm factored in, band plus producer Gabe Wax (Speedy Ortiz, Soccer Mommy, Adrianne Lenker / Big Thief) headed to Puglia in Italy to finish the album.

        With the remote rural setting “the right amount of isolated”, an intense month of 12 to 16-hour days in the studio with day trips around the coastline followed. Inspired by the surroundings, Gallipoli is unintentionally more visceral than Beirut’s more recent albums, alive with an energy that is further enhanced by every creak and groan of their instruments, every detuned note, and all amp buzz and technical malfunction being left in the cracks of the songs.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: There's always been something mesmerising about Beirut, their exotic choice of rhythms and instrumentation coalescing with their minimal songwriting style and almost ethereal vocal projection. You'll be delighted to know that this one is every bit the excellent follow-up to 2015's 'No No No', and (thankfully) a little longer. Superb stuff.

        Following 2006's astonishing debut "Gulag Orkestar", Zach Condon AKA Beirut returns with "Flying Club Cup". In between the two albums, he has been living in Paris immersing himself in France's culture, fashion, history and music, in much the same way as he absorbed Balkan culture for his debut album. Condon's musical gaze has now looked to the likes of Jacques Brel and Francois Hardy for inspiration, and "Flying Club Cup" is another sweeping and triumphant European folk album that combines these new ideas with elements of his previous work too. Where as "Gulag Orkestar" was mainly a solo effort, for this album Condon has acted as a band leader putting together a core group of eight musicians and together they've managed to recreate his cultural borderless vision with this expansive and enthralling album.

        Orchestrated folk-pop for fans of Sufjan Stevens, Calexico, Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields, Klezmer, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Boban Markovic Orchestra. There are no guitars on this album; instead, horns, violins, cellos, ukeleles, mandolins, glockenspiel, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, pianos, clarinets and accordions all build and break around Zach Condon's deep voiced crooner vocals, swaying to the Eastern European beats like a drunken 12 piece carnival band. Guests include Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel) and Heather Trost (A Hawk And A Hacksaw). "Gulag Orkestar" is a glorious sweep of music, striking in its emotional content and stunning in its scope.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Darryl says: Zach Condon's epic debut album, sounding like the best drunken Eastern European party ever. Perfect for swaying along to after one too many Summer ales!!!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xCD Info: UK version on 4AD now with a bonus disc, "The Lon Gisland" EP.


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