Beirut was originally the solo music project of New Mexico native Zach Condon. Only 19 at the time, Condon recorded much of the first Beirut album, Gulag Orkestar, alone in his bedroom, playing all the instruments and then looping them over each other. He finished it in a proper studio with the help of Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw) and Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk and a Hacksaw). With no official band, Condon recruited friends to be his backing band and set off on tour. The tunes combine elements of Eastern European and Balkan folk with Western pop music, often led and highlighted by Condon's ukulele, flugelhorn, and an emotionally nuanced voice that sounds wise beyond his years.
Beirut has four albums, including an EP, which you can preview and purchase at Amazon.com or your favorite record store.
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