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 with memorable performances at Glastonbury, Primavera and Coachella.
A decade after Gulag Orkestar, Zach returned to 4AD, the label where he launched his career, and released a fourth Beirut album titled No No No in September 2015. Recorded over a two-week period in New York amidst one of city’s the coldest and snowiest winters, it’s Condon’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.
All songs recorded at Strange Weather, except ‘No No No’ engineered by Griffin Rodriguez at Shape Shoppe West and Laurence Eaves at Dumbo Studio One and ‘At Once’ engineered by Griffin Rodriguez at Shape Shoppe West. Mixed at Strange Weather by Gabe Wax and Zach Condon.