Postcards from Italy
I posted the demo version of this track back in February, but here's the completed album version from Beirut's upcoming Gulag Orkestar, due out May 9 on Ba Da Bing Records.
Beirut is 19 year-old Albuquerque native Zach Condon. Ba Da Bing tells me that this is Beirut's fourth album (he's also recorded a doo-wop album, an electronica album, and an electro-pop album), but the first that will see release.
This version, which features the drumming of Jeremy Barnes (of Neutral Milk Hotel), is fuller, and as a result, more emotionally sweeping than the demo. Beirut draws from influences like Magnetic Fields, NMH, and Middle-Eastern instrumentation to create something entirely new and beautiful.
Beirut Postcards from Italy mp3
Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent in the (fake) album artwork for the aforementioned Sufjan Stevens/Rosie Thomas collabo: