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Young Zach Condon, the talented multi-instrumentalist behind world-folk troubadours Beirut, possesses a talent for the theatrical second only to Tom Waits. Yet where Waits has traded in nightmarish distortions of junkyard blues, sea-shanties and broken down honky-tonk, Condon has a passion for the rusted out musical textures of the Old World. Though Condon’s shambolic brass ensembles and swelling ballads may bear little actual resemblance to the music of the gypsies and café idlers he so vividly evokes, his music is possessed of a dreamlike romanticism that manages to redeem even his most florid compositions. Where Condon’s well-received debut ,Gulag Orkestar sought to recapture the drunken chaos of a gypsy orchestra, for Flying Cup Club he has turned his eyes westward, assembling a set of songs that sound as though they might provide a dream soundtrack to a tale of 19th century Parisian debauchery. Condon’s soaring baritone may not be to all tastes, and he often breaks into a melodramatic tremolo that puts a strain on his already overwrought melodies. Nonetheless, Condon has a fine ear for musical textures, and Flying Cup Club has many rewards in store for those willing to indulge Condon’s musical fantasies.

Customer Reviews

Infinite and Extraordinary

I am extremely picky about the music I really listen to. I mean, the kind of music that you can just sit, do nothing else (except perhaps drink some tea) and lose yourself in. As a music student, I am always searching for new instrumental combinations and musical ideas. I have found that nothing is quite like the genius of Beirut. Beirut combines simple, beautiful melodies, orchestral and exotic intruments, heartfelt, lyrical vocals, catchy balkan beats, and eclectic percussion. The whole combination has a very unique modern and yet traditional, European, soaring feel. As for it sounding like the last album, so what? What Beirut has done is innovative enough; why stop making music that is perfect? It's beautiful. This is what music is about.

It's a long road.

It is this individual's belief that listening to this album (or any of their earlier work) will make you a better human being. Do yourself a favor and buy it. This album is earthshattering, hearbreaking and perhaps most importantly, sincere. What moves me so particularly about their music is that it creates such a profound sense of nostalgia-- nostalgia for something I haven't experienced. Both Gulag Orkestar and The Lon Gisland E.P. deliver that sense of nostalgia, ever so grieved and mournful-- this album accomplishes it in such a different unique way. It's vibrant and moving and yet I don't know how it does so. The feeling is there however, and with time it will make itself known to me.

One of the best of 2007

There is such a complexity of arrangements and composition on this record....yet it isn't pretentious. It's actually a very fun listen. This record has that timeless quality, it's so unique yet, you've felt you know this music intimately somehow, as if it lies dormant somewhere in your unconscious mind. My favorite records of this year have been: 1. The Flying Club Cup -Beirut 2. Loss and Love -Son of the Velvet Rat 3. Beautiful Sleepyhead -Emily Wells 4. Song and Void -Richard McGraw 5. YS Joanna Newsome 6. Smokey Rolls -Devendra Banhart


Formed: 2006 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of 2006's most unexpected indie success stories, Beirut combines a wide variety of styles, from pre-rock/pop music and Eastern European Gypsy styles to the alternately plaintive and whimsical indie folk of the Decemberists to the lo-fi, homemade psychedelic experimentation of Neutral Milk Hotel. At the heart of this sonic hybrid was a teenager from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a fact that made Beirut's debut album, Gulag Orkestar, all the more surprising. Something of a musical prodigy, multi-instrumentalist...
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