Beirut – March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland
11 songs, 34 minutes long
This dual EP was released by Zach Condon (Beirut) in 2009 and contains two very unique EP’s. The first EP, March of the Zapotec, was partly recorded in Mexico and contains a much more Latin American feel than Beirut’s previous efforts. The gypsy and Balkan sounds that Beirut is known for are still present, but much of it was recorded with the Mexican band Jimenez and the Latin American feel is very present.
The second EP, Realpeople: Holland, is throwback to Condon’s old project, Realpeople. Realpoeple was a very different sound than Beirut. It is very electro and and synthy, with the gypsy sound not being present at all. Condon’s amazing deep vocals are very present in this album, and despite not sounding much like other Beirut releases, fans of previous material are going to enjoy his electronic songs as well.
All in all, both of these EP’s are very unique, but will easily appeal to any fans of Beirut. They display Condon’s amazing song writing abilities and demonstrate his musical progression as his music career evolves.
This is a must listen for fans of Beirut, and a great start for anyone looking to get in to Beirut, or for anyone looking for new unique music.