I just “found” the new Beirut album, The Flying Club Cup, and I’m utterly speechless and extraordinarily excited all at once!
It’s amazing so far… absolutely amazing. It sounds much like Lon Gisland, and less like Gulag Orkestar, which I think is an improvement. It’s much more French, and less Gypsy/Balkan.
I’m also really excited that Zach Condon worked with Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy on this one. Mr. Pallett’s string arrangements are familiar to a lot of people, because he also collaborates with a little Canadian band called Arcade Fire.
As soon as I get a better listen to the album I’ll post a track for everyone to hear, just to get an idea of how SPECTACULAR this sounds. Until then, dream of October 9th, the day the album is released.