Beirut - Lon Gisland
Label: Pompeii Records
Cat#: POMP 002
Format: Vinyl, 12", EP, Single Sided, Reissue, RPM
Originally released in 2006.
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Pop, Rock
Style: Folk Rock
A1 Elephant Gun 5:45
A2 My Family's Role In The World Revolution 2:06
A3 Scenic World 2:51
A4 Carousels 4:23
Recorded At – Seaside Lounge
Mixed At – Bushwick Studios
Mastered At – Abbey Road Studios
Accordion, Cello – Perrin Cloutier
Design – Rob Carmichael
Engineer [Recording] – Josh Clark
Engineer [Vinyl Cut] – PGold
Lyrics By – Ryan Condon
Mandolin, Ukulele – Jason Poranski
Mastered By – Adam Nunn
Mixed By – Paul Johnson, Zach Condon
Painting [Cover] – Chris Oh
Percussion – Nick Petree
Trumpet, Euphonium, Flugelhorn – Kelly Pratt
Ukulele, Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Glockenspiel – Jon Natchez
Ukulele, Percussion, Organ – Paul Collins
Violin – Kristin Ferebee
Written-By, Lyrics By, Vocals, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet – Zach Condon
Recorded at Seaside Lounge. Mixed at Bushwick, Brooklyn. Mastered at Abbey Road.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 6 00197 00521 7
Matrix / Runout (Run-Out): OUE 01 | PGold | 18767 | brooklynphone
Beirut blends a lo-fi sound not unlike a group of East European gipsies with a folk feel like Sufjan Stevens with Zach Condon's voice coming across much like David Byrne. The result is an exquisite and upbeat, though short EP, that makes your heart pound with excitement making you want to jump, clap and laugh.
Frontman Zach Condon is releasing the "Lon Gisland" EP, which continues the slightly angsty gypsy pop and colourful marches.
It opens with a ukelele being strummed, before Condon begins singing mournfully that if he were young, "'I'd flee this town/I'd bury my dreams underground." An accordion and a dramatic blare of trumpets join in as he sings of wanting to escape and "take the big king down."
Things get cheerier with the next song, a colourful march full of sprightly brass and lots of drums. And then it's the middle ground with the more intimate, stripped-down flavour of "Scenic World," which sounds like gypsies on a laundry day.
Beirut has a unique sound in its music -- warm and celebratory, yet melancholy and mellow. It's hard to believe that a musician as young as Condon could put such depth and passion into his music -- but there it is.
As with the full-length album, "Lon Gisland" overflows with smooth accordion, blares of well-worn brass, and rat-a-tat percussion, with the occasional flourish from tambourine or ukelele. It all melds together into a smooth summery sound.
His smooth, strong vocals make up a great deal of the appeal, with a little wobble that adds vulnerability to his singing.
Beirut - Elephant Gun
Beirut - Scenic World [Lon Gisland Version] (Live @ ACL Live, Austin)
Beirut - Scenic World
Hearing this song, seeing all the beautiful sights outside, made me cry.
What a remarkable experience.
Beirut - My Family's Role In The World Revolution