I heard this song again over the weekend and was reminded how amazing it is. Beirut, originally a solo project by Zach Condon which later expanded into a band, fuse together Eastern European and Balkan Folk music with mainstream Western pop music. The band’s sound is distinct, a bountiful supply of horns, violins, cellos, ukuleles, mandolins, glockenspiels, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, piano, clarinets and accordions, which mingle wonderfully with Condon’s captivating and theatrical vocals. It’s that french horn that really gets me.
The ‘Elephant Stone’ EP was released in 2007, shortly after their 2006 debut album Gulag Orkestar. They have a new album coming out this year which is anxiously awaited by music fans worldwide!
Do yourself a favour and be sure to watch this vid as well!