There should be no doubt that Beirut‘s header Zach Condon is a musical prodigy. Not only is he well-versed in multiple instruments, but he produced and recorded hundreds of songs as a teenager in his bedroom of New Mexico, eventually leading to his wave of popularity sur the internet. After receiving a flood of raves and reviews on his music, Condon grabbed the assistance of his music buddies and they started working on an EP, Lon Gisland (2007), and began playing live shows. Beirut’s sound has evolved in production, from a small bedroom to sound rooms decked out with a musician’s basic needs, but has stayed true to the nature of their music. It’s mesh of culture, ranging from Spanish and gypsy influence to the lo-fi and indie tones of the Decemberists and Neutral Milk Hotel. Condon’s shaky croon adds to the quirk of the music and emphasizes that irresistible eclectic feel. Their recent album The Rip Tide is light and melodic and perfectly reflects Condon’s obsession for accordions and ukeleles. It emphasizes the notion that no matter where your travels may take you, music will always be there to welcome you with open arms.
Beirut plays on the Sasquatch stage at 8:10 pm on Sunday, May 27th.