Originally the solo musical project of Zachary Condon, Beirut is a mix of folk, orchestral pop, Balkan music and all sorts of other bits and pieces. This eclectic sound is mainly the result of Condon’s extensive travelling around Europe. At the age of 16, he set out to explore the Old Continent and spent his nights partying and playing music with locals. One evening in Paris, he met the Boban Marković Orkestar and spent the night jamming with the Serbian artists.
Beirut’s first album, Gulag Orkestar, was the direct result of that fintense first introduction to Balkan music. While it may sound like an entire orchestra playing mournful ballads and upbeat marches, the album was performed and recorded almost entirely by Condon alone, with Jeremy Barnes adding percussion and some violin overlays.
Beirut has since expanded into a band and played countless gigs in Europe and the US. Its live set up currently consists of Zach Condon (trumpet, flugelhorn and ukulele), Perrin Cloutier (accordion and cello), Nick Petree (drums), Paul Collins (bass), Kelly Pratt (trumpet, French horn and glockenspie), Ben Lanz (trombone and tuba), Jared van Fleet (piano).
Beirut - Nantes
The Flying Club Cup, like its predecessor, is a stunning piece of work. Condon’s intuitive songwriting ability and sense of experimentation are at the core of this almost magical record, the kind of record that you will happily and willingly over and over again, always finding new subtleties and nuances that you hadn’t heard before.
Beirut - A Sunday Smile (Son Lux Remix)
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Formed in 2007, The Dø is a folk/rock duo comprised of Finnish vocalist Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti and Paris-born multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy. The unexpected success of their debut album, A Mouthful, which climbed all the way to the top of the French charts, took the industry by surprise. The band’s youthful exuberance and fresh folky sound conquered the hearts of many, even though some critics were put of by their unruly mixing of genres and styles.
The Do - At Last
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Tunng are an experimental folk band which formed in 2003 in London. They are often associated with the folktronica (see Psapp, Half Cousin, Beirut…) genre due to the electronic influences evident in some of their work.
The band consists of Mike Lindsay (vocals, guitar), Sam Genders (vocals, guitar), Becky Jacobs (vocals, percussion, mandolin), Ashley Bates (banjo, guitar), Phil Winter (electronics, sampling, keyboards) and Martin Smith (percussion and shells).
Tunng - Bullets
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Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Magnet, aka Even Johansen, lives his simple life on a little farm on an island outside Bergen. There he has his studio and there he makes his records, doing almost everything himself.
Magnet - Navigator
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Laura Veirs is a singer-songwriter, who grew up in Colorado and then moved to Seattle and Portland. She put out her own self-titled album Laura Veirs, recorded live and featuring just her and guitar, in 1999. She has since made five highly acclaimed records with producer Tucker Martine.
2003 saw the release of Troubled by the Fire, a full-band effort that found the artist sharing the studio with such luminaries as Bill Frisell and violist Eyvind Kang. She signed to Nonesuch Records the following year with the atmospheric follow-up Carbon Glacier. Year of Meteors followed in August of 2005.
Laura Veirs - Galaxies
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