Beirut, Oaxaca, Pompeii, Holland

146966marchofthezapotecBeirut’s Zach Condon is great at taking musical influences from around the world and bending them to fit his own style. He’s done this once again with the new split EP March of the Zapotec/Holland (Pompeii Records).

The setup here is a little confusing so let’s try to distill it down. The first half is Zach’s band Beirut doing what they do best, but this time with the accompaniment of a 19 piece brass band from Oaxaca, Mexico where this half of the EP was recorded.

The second half, titled Holland, is credited to the moniker Realpeople, which is an alias Condon used before Beirut. It’s strictly a synthy electronic excursion (similar to the original version of Scenic World from The Gulag Orkestar LP).

Neither half is amazing, but it’s still a Beirut release, which I’m always looking forward to. Every record has something on it that you wouldn’t hear or expect in music released in 2009, or this century even.

Check it out for yourself:

Beirut – The Shrew

From The March of the Zapotec EP

Realpeople – My Night With the Prostitute From Marseille

From the Holland EP

And some of my older Beirut favorites:

Beirut – Forks and Knives (La Fête)

From The Flying Club Cup LP

Beirut – Postcards From Italy

From The Gulag Orkestar LP

Beirut – Scenic World

From The Gulag Orkestar LP

and the updated version from The Lon Gisland EP:

Beirut – Scenic World

Beirut website

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