I have been ravenously devouring the debut album from Vance Joy, God Loves You When You’re Dancing. “It is folk music with pop influences. His songs capture the familiar pulse of everyday experiences in a unique and celebratory manner. His lyrics will reach out to you and hold on for a moment.” The entire EP is worth a listen. Fans of Beirut or Fanfarlo won’t be disappointed. Take a listen to my current favorite, “Riptide”, but don’t stop there. Go and check out the rest of the album. You’ll be glad you did.
NPR’s First Listen series is currently streaming the new Beirut album, which isn’t due out until the end of the month. After just one listen, I am already a huge fan of The Rip Tide. No surprise here though, I have devoured with great pleasure everything that Zach Condon and company have previously released, and I think this album will be no different. Musically it picks up right where they left off; another gorgeous baroque pop album with some absolutely fantastic arrangements. It’s a short record, clocking in at just over 33 minutes, but it packs quite a punch. I just found it to be breathtakingly beautiful, especially the short and sweet “Goshen.” Anyway, I am a fan of the record, but fortunately you can check it out for yourself before making the purchase. It will be streaming here until its official release date on August 30th. Go here to download the first single, “East Harlem.”
Just heard another new Beirut single this week and it has me even more excited for the release of The Rip Tide, which is slated for a digital release on August 2nd. Physical copies will hit stores later that month on the 3oth. It is coming out on Pompeii Records, Zach Condon’s own record label. If you haven’t heard his first single he released, you can find it here.
Buy Beirut’s phenomenal debut album for only $5 here – Gulag Orkestar
It’s been way too long since I have posted anything new on here and it’s been way even longer since we have gotten anything new from the incredibly talented Zach Condon. No news yet on a new album coming anytime soon. But they have apparently been performing a few new songs at their live shows and will be selling “East Harlem” on an exclusive 7-inch single that you can order here, which gives me hope that we might yet receive a new full-length from them by the year’s end. Either way this gorgeous and catchy tune should hold you over for quite some time.
Beirut – East Harlem by Revolver USA