Beirut – Postcards From Italy (2006)

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Are these guys really from New Mexico? And if so, are they all called Vratko and Miroslav?! As Pitchfork quite astutely posed on release, perhaps these songs are really incredible or perhaps they simply mimic and mine musical traditions unfamiliar to the average indie rock fan. But as I quite esoterically thought at the time, I don’t care. Take me to the Gypsy caravans, mournful accordions and wood-smoke air of Albuquerque now.

(MOMENT ALERT: BTW, I love ‘moments’ in songs and this has two – trumpets at 2:02 and the rest of the instruments at 2:55. Enjoy.)

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2 thoughts on “Beirut – Postcards From Italy (2006)

  1. DJ PJ says:

    It has something although I’m unsure what it is

  2. […] Beirut’s Zach Condon released his debut album The Gulag Orkestar at the age of 19, having been inspired by the Balkan folk music he heard on his gap year travels. That’s youthful confidence for you. By his third long player The Rip Tide, you can still hear the frilly brass and accordions, but throw in a Talking Heads riff and you have ‘Santa Fe’. A song for a sunny day. We need one of those in Blighty soon (and perhaps their boat). […]

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