Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Idle Days

The internet's awhirl with the sounds of Beirut. Nineteen year-old Zach Condon, who solely makes up the band (with a little bit of help). The sounds are rich and deep, Condon's voice taking a backseat to the guitarless tunes.
It's easy to compare the music to Neutral Milk Hotel because it seems they're the last band to make a stir with a squeezebox and trumpet. But what flaws NMH in my opinion, Mangum's oft-obnoxious voice and overly-brassy trumpet, are cured by Beirut. Condon's voice and trumpeting is far from obnoxious, and much more pleasing to the ear.
Beirut's album Gulag Orkestar comes out on Bada Bing! Records next week, on May 9th. Be sure to pick it up!

Mt. Wroclai (Idle Days)

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