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March Of The Zapotec / Holland [Maxi]

Beirut Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: Pompeii Records
  • ASIN: B001O4JA4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After the widely acclaimed 2007 album The Flying Club Cup, which hit many album of the year lists including the NME, Uncut, Q, The Sun and The Telegraph, the extremely talented young songwriter and musician Zach Condon returns with his third record under the guise of Beirut. The full-length album entitled March Of The Zapotec is comprised of two EPs. The first, and album namesake, is a foray into Mexican folk music with the help of an obscure small-town Mexican funeral band. The second is Holland, a bedroom electro-synth pop wonder, originally an idea for Zach s previous incarnation before Beirut, when he went by the name of Realpeople. For the past year, Beirut has alternated between touring and writing new material, Zach recording in any style that struck his fancy. Some early discussions about doing some soundtrack recording for a film being shot in Mexico morphed into a new idea... What about hiring a local Mexican band to help record some songs based on new material? After finding the band through a friend s mother, hiring a translator, and catching a plane down to Oaxaca, Zach made his way out to the tiny weaver village of Teotitlan del Valle, where he met the nineteen members of The Jimenez Band. Combined, these two EPs in the shape of an album represent the totality of Zach Condon's work over the past year. It is further testament towards the inventiveness and intimacy he creates as Beirut, a band which started as one person sounding like twelve and has developed over the past few years to distinguish itself with a particular style and sound. No matter what inspirations jumpstart one song to the next, the undercurrent that continues to emerge is the realization that Zach Condon is indeed a singular artist creating his very own vision of the world s sound. And whether he's being inspired by Balkan folk, French chanteuse, Mexican troubadour, '80s synth pop or '90s house, the common thread remains Zach's ability to make a simple melody sound both artistically unique and endlessly familiar. March of the Zapotec marks the continuing emergence of a musician who has only shown an inkling of where he is headed. And while the road may be long, every stop along the way is filled with its own treats.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strange But Perfect Love Affair 28 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who has had the (dubious) opportunity to know me even just a
little will understand that I have always been a sucker for a maverick.

Zack Condon is just such a creature and like him I
have always harboured a love for small town bands.

The Salvation Army brass octet shivering in a cold Canterbury
shopping precinct at christmas; the group of minstrels playing
ancient instruments at a festival in the idyllic village of
St Felix-de-Caraman (with the ghosts of a thousand Cathars
listening in the wings); the town band of Cortina d'Ampezzo
in the Dolomites, who every summer Sunday night are, weather
permitting, as adept at playing a brazen Alpine oompah song
as they are Gioachino Rossini's William Tell overture.

Mr Condon's love affair with the bands he discovered in Oaxaca,
Mexico are clear evidence of a kindred spirit.

In his sojourn(s) there he has lovingly and enthusiastically
absorbed a culture and it's music as well as having been
absorbed by it. It is a strange but perfect love affair.

The two discs contained in this release display a passionate
and wayward imagination.

Disc one, 'March Of The Zapotec', coming in at around an
economical sixteen minutes, is an exuberant sonic tapestry
and memory of his Mexican experiences.

Opening with an unknown band's raucous performance of a piece
entitled 'El Zocalo' (a town square), the six tracks set out
before us here are both an assimilation of and a tribute to
the art of public social performance.
Aided occasionally by the prodigiously gifted Band Jiminez,
Mr Condon's haunting voice and multi-instrumental skills are
richly evocative of his muse.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off... 28 Feb 2009
By muz
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some reviewers have suggested that the juxtaposition of the very "Beiriuty" Zapotec EP with the bedroom electronica of the Holland release doesn't work. I have to disagree: both are recognisably the work of the insanely talented Zach Condon and whilst I thought they might jar when played one after the other (which is presumably why we're given them as two separate CDs) they actually complement each other rather well. If you liked the previous Beirut releases then I see no reason why you wouldn't take this to your heart just the same.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmopolitan Foreigner 4 Mar 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Condon remains a precocious talent on this split release. I expected each CD to be complete albums, but the split has not been approved for length reasons, rather style differences. Weighing it at no more than 40 minutes for the two releases strongly indicate that these are pills to be taken simultaneously, despite their differences.

`March Of The Zapotec' continues the Mexican death-march stylings, plodding brass and all, and it refrains from such heavy harpsichord-embracing as heard on The Flying Club Cup and again weaves a little gypsy square-dance into the rich tapestry. So far, so Beirut. Whilst it would be hard to argue that `March ...' is as exciting as Gulag Orkestar, it is still a very listenable collection.

`Holland' showcases Condon's latent talent being a composed collection of bedroom electronica recorded under his early-teen moniker of Realpeople. The sound is as warm as elsewhere and his voice so welcome a spanning of the material that it ties the two halves together seamlessly, as does the slight legacy of harpsichord!

I have read someone wittier than I describe `Holland' as the most foreign of Beirut's current repertoire, which is peculiar for an American called Beirut and equally influenced by Mexican brass, French harpsichord and Balkan dance. However, I do see his point, the electronica is complimentary without argument, completely unobtrusive, but it feels less special and that disappointment felt is foreign to Condon's work to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awaken! 5 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beirut could be The Fall with melodic horns. Swing a red rag at Zach Francis Condon and associates because collectively they will charge you down as they are immense. If you do not like this album there is nothing I can say to help you. For some this will be important and it should be. There are few bands of such note come along in anyone's life time and like the Zapotec there is mysticism and rejoicing. Sincere, soulful and sad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this 3 Mar 2011
By F Reay
Format:MP3 Download
I love this, but I haven't found many people who share my love, it's pretty odd, I'll grant them that. I think it's genius and it will always be on my ipod!
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