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Gulag Orkestar by Beirut
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The debut of singer/multi-instrumentalist Zach Condon (aka Beirut), 2006's GULAG ORKESTAR marks the arrival of a precocious talent. It's a lushly arranged album that reveals Condon's unabashed adoration of Eastern European folk music, gilded with swaying accordion lines, rapturous string passages, and jangling percussion that seem wholly rooted in traditional Slavic music (see the waltz-like "Prenzlauerberg")--making its creation by a young Europhile from New Mexico that much more impressive.

While there's little in the way of pop/rock influence in Beirut's instrumental approach, Condon sings in a low warble that recalls the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, showcasing his unrestrained flair for drama on tracks such as the tense "Brandenburg" and the swooning "Scenic World." Effectively displaying Condon's considerable abilities, GULAG ORKESTAR is a fully formed first outing that is sure to appeal to many fans of ornate and adventurous indie-pop.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Gulag Orkestar
  2. Prenzlauerberg
  3. Brandenburg
  4. Postcards From Italy
  5. Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)
  6. Rhineland (Heartland)
  7. Scenic World
  8. Bratislava
  9. Bunker
  10. Canals Of Our City
  11. After The Curtain
Release date Australia
November 28th, 2006
4AD Records
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