michael gallucci

REVIEW — BEIRUT: MARCH OF THE ZAPOTEC

In Uncategorized on 01/28/2009 at 5:54 am

Beirut

March of the Zapotec

(Pompeii)



Beirut’s last album, 2007’s The Flying Club Cup, sounded like a boozy gypsy wedding band auditioning for the world’s shakiest circus. Ringmaster Zach Condon led his ad-hoc group through wobbly waltzes and horn-drunk parade marches that seemingly came without sheet music. This six-song EP is more of the same, with Condon expanding his repertoire to include some mariachi madness with help from a 19-member troupe he found in Mexico. Tracks like “El Zócalo” and “La Llorona” bring la fiesta. March of the Zapotec is paired with a disc by Realpeople, Condon’s pre-Beirut bedroom project. The five synth-pop songs on Holland do for ’90s house what Beirut does for Balkan folk: swathe it in indie-pop cool while maintaining a bit of old-school tradition. –Michael Gallucci

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