Beirut ringleader Zach Condon recorded his debut album ‘Gulag Orkestar’ at 18, after dropping out of college in Santa Fé, New Mexico and running away to live in Paris, France. Two more critically acclaimed albums followed – ‘The Flying Club Cup’ and ‘The Rip Tide’ – which cemented Beirut’s reputation as a musical trailblazer, selling a million records along the way.
Having created a unique international pop sound which spread like wildfire on the independent scene, Beirut has proved hugely influential among the musical community, finding fans as varied as Florence Welsh, Adele, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Ellie Goulding, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Vance Joy and George Ezra.
Whilst still a teenager, Zach has led his band around the world, selling out multiple nights at legendary venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and Sydney Opera House, and becoming a must see band on the festival circuit. A decade after ‘Gulag Orkestar’, Zach returned to 4AD, the label where he launched his career, and released the fourth Beirut album titled ‘No No No.’
Recorded over a two-week period in New York amidst one of the city’s coldest and snowiest winters, it’s Zach’s most vibrant and spirited record to date. Unlike previous outings, the band set-up is significantly pared down with guitar, piano, bass and drums forming the bulk of arrangements.