Beirut 2xCD reviewed by Troy Brookins

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Beirut 2xCD reviewed by Troy Brookins
Mar 6, 2009, 19:22

Beirut - March of the Zapotec & Realpeople - Holland

BEIRUT March of the Zapotec / Realpeople Holland 2xCD

Zach Condon continues his worldwide collaboration by heading down to Mexico and hooking up with some local musicians in the village of Teotitlan del Valle. Emerging from the session is six songs that mix Condon's timeless vocals with the divergent melancholy and celebratory sounds of The Jimenez Band—a collaboration that never sounds out of place or forced. This blends seamlessly into Realpeople, the second half of the two EPs, which is cherry picked from Condon's home recordings that he worked on prior to creating Beirut. “Venice” sounds as if he was channeling DJ Shadow and the rest rides ambient and electronic beats that come up pure Condon. The two EPs are an interesting mix that on paper doesn't seem like a logical pairing but it works because this is where Condon shines. His ability to recognize what works with his subtle vocal croon is what continues to make Beirut an interesting listen. [Pompeii]

-Troy Brookins


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