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Hadsel

    Hadsel is the first new full-length record since Beirut’s 2019 release, “Gallipoli,” and the first on Zach Condon’s own label, Pompeii Records. Recorded in the Norwegian island of Hadsel shortly after a physical and mental break forced Condon to cancel is 2019 tour, Condon was looking for a place to recover after being left in a state of shock and self-doubt.

    Working in isolation, Condon explains, “I was lost in a trance, stumbling blindly through my own mental collapse that I had been pushing aside since I was a teenager. It came and rang me like a bell. I was left agonising many things past and present while the beauty of the nature, the northern lights and fearsome storms played an awesome show around me. The few hours of light would expose the unfathomable beauty of the mountains and the fjords, and the hours- long twilights would fill me with subdued excitement. I’d like to believe that scenery is somehow present in the music.

    The resulting is collection of songs beautifully reflect that vulnerability, sense of self-determination and belief that after collapse, one can learn to manage on their own again.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Hadsel takes the foundation so perfectly laid by Beirut's extensive discography and moves the whole kit and/or caboodle into the icy climes of Norway. It's not dampened any of the warmth in Condon's music, but it lends a certain crystalline beauty and swimming, airy sparsity. Evocative and beautiful throughout.

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. Hadsel
    2. Arctic Forest
    3. Baion
    4. So Many Plans
    5. Melbu
    6. Stokmarknes


    SIDE B
    7. Island Life
    8. Spillhaugen
    9. January 18th
    10. Süddeutsches Ton-Bild
    11. The Tern
    12. Regulatory

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    Artifacts

      Artifacts began humbly as a means of compiling a few early Beirut EPs for a proper physical release. However, as Zach Condon explains in album’s excellent liner notes, reconnecting with old recordings through fresh ears turned a simple re-issue project into something much more expansive. “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, and a larger project of remixing and remastering everything I found for good measure.”

      Artifacts is a phylogenetic tree. A double-LP’s worth music that traces the evolution of Beirut from a 14-year old Condon’s first attempts at bringing the music he heard in his mind to life, to the fully formed Beirut we know today.



      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: An essential collection of early Beirut bits and pieces, lovingly reworked and remastered by condon, and brought out with a lovely booklet explaining the pieces. Including possibly my favourite Beirut work, The Lon Gisland EP. Ace

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      01. Elephant Gun
      02. My Family's Role In The World Revolution
      03. Scenic World
      04. The Long Island Sound
      05. Carousels
      06. Transatantique
      07. O Leãozinho
      SIDE B
      08. Autumn Tall Tales
      09. Fyodor Dormant
      10. Poisoning Claude
      11. Bercy
      12. Your Sails
      13. Irrlichter
      SIDE C
      14. Sicily
      15. Now I'm Gone
      16. Napoleon On The Bellerophon
      17. Interior Of A Dutch House
      18. Fountains And Tramways
      19. Hot Air Balloon
      SIDE D
      20. Fisher Island Sound
      21. So Slowly
      22. Die Treue Zum Ursprung
      23. The Crossing
      24. Zagora
      25. Le Phare Du Cap Bon
      26. Babylon


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