Gulag Orkestar

Beirut

SKU: POMP005LP

Barcode: 0656605365312

21.00 £21.00
  • Genre: Rock And Pop
  • Label: Pompeii
  • Released Date: 30th August 2019
  • Buying Format:
    1LP Includes Download Code
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The first studio album by the American indie folk band, Beirut, originally released on September 25, 2006. Include digital album download coupon. While it may sound like an entire Balkan gypsy orchestra playing modern songs as mournful ballads and upbeat marches, Beirut s first album, Gulag Orkestar, is actually the work of 19-year-old Albuquerque native Zach Condon, with an assist from Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk and a Hacksaw). There are no guitars on this album; instead, horns, violins, cellos, ukuleles, mandolins, glockenspiel, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, pianos, clarinets and accordions all build and break around Condon s deep-voiced crooner vocals, swaying to the Eastern European beats like a drunken twelve-member carnival band. In 2002 Condon dropped out of school to travel Europe, cavorting and partying with the locals wherever he went. During one of these evenings that he was first exposed to Balkan gypsy music, blasting from an upstairs apartment. Condon went to investigate, and stayed up all night with a Serbian artist, going through albums country by country, note for note. Gulag Orkestar is the direct result of what he learned that night. Condon later headed to Sea Side Studios in Brooklyn s Park Slope where, along with Barnes and A Hawk and a Hacksaw s Heather Trost, he added percussion and violin overdubs to his original compositions.  Gulag Orkestar is a glorious sweep of music, striking in its emotional content and stunning in its scope.

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Track Listings

  1. The Gulag Orkestar
  2. Prenzlauerberg
  3. Brandenburg
  4. Postcards From Italy
  5. Mount Wroclai (Idle Days). Side B:
  6. Rhineland (Heartland)
  7. Scenic World
  8. Bratislava
  9. The Bunker
  10. The Canals Of Our City
  11. After the Curtain

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