Zach Condon has done it again, and this time, “it” is completely different than last time (2007’s The Flying Club Cup). With Beirut’s new double EP, March of the Zapotec and RealPeople Holland, comes the introduction of a new band and distinctly new sounds. Perhaps it’s my lack of motivation or the prospect of a Thursday night without Friday classes to follow, but the way in which Condon went about putting together this release (which is technically a double release, but is, with both EPs, the size of one, with eleven songs) is not, as you might assume, beyond my abilities as a writer to explain, but are difficult to focus on when listening to the music itself. So good. March of the Zapotec was made with The Jimenez Band, which Condon found and recorded with in Oaxaca, Mexico. An easy transition from Beirut’s previous album, March relies heavily on his brass sections and the very distinct voice of its creator. RealPeople Holland, however, are home recordings, and shifts focus  to a more experimental Condon. Both albums are strong, and each have songs you’ll want to put on repeat until they far outnumber others in playcount in your iTunes library. Take a peak.

From March:

On A Bayonet –

From RealPeople:

My Night with the Prostitute From Marseille –

UPDATE: stream ‘On a Bayonet’ and ‘My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille’

On A Bayonet 

My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille


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