I love Beirut the band. Their music accompanied my paper writing in college and the break-up of my first relationship; I played it on my iPod during train travels around Europe and on my walks to the coffee shop down the street from my apartment.
Beirut was created by a now twenty-four year-old, New Mexico native named Zach Condon. Condon plays ukulele, flugelhorn, trumpet, euphonium and mandolin, among other instruments. His band brings more instruments to the cacophony, adding tuba, trombone, piano and glockenspiel to the ensemble. The band has released two albums and five EPs.
Sometimes you want to listen to some music that you haven’t heard sixty or seventy times on the local pop radio stations. Some of these are oldies, but I promise that all of them are really good:
1. “If You Fall” -Azure Ray
The duo of Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink made up Azure Ray, which disbanded quite a few years ago, but came back together temporarily earlier this year. The group featured their two perfectly blended voices on simple, indie-pop. “If You Fall” is surprisingly upbeat amidst the majority of their mellow, wash-of-sound style tunes.
2. “Cruel Mistress”—Flogging Molly