On May 9th, Zach Condon and his merry band of troubadours played the first show of their tour at the NorVa, in Norfolk Virginia. Under the name of Beirut, the group is famous for spreading the tales and essences of the lands Condon has witnessed and immersed himself in. But on the new song “Santa Fe”, he relates a personal take on his New Mexico hometown. It begins with a killer Accordion intro, and a dual trumpet explosion at 2:05 that was obviously thrown in just for the ladies. Psshhsh. Pandering (…I liked it too whisper whisper). The second new song of the night was the dip and sway of “Port of Call”. Half of Beirut’s catalog seems ripe for a waltz around the ballroom dance studio; with a 1,2,3 1,2,3 hidden underneath every lyric. I took ballroom dancing lessons. Wasn’t fun. More sweating and dancing than you would think.
These sneak previews from Beirut’s third LP are just enough to whet your whistle. Expect the release late this year.
Fer yer trubles.