Album: Beirut, March Of The Zapotec (Pompeii)
The Independent's chief rock critic gives an exclusive preview of this month’s releases
Saturday 07 February 2009
Zach Condon’s follow-up to 2007’s acclaimed The Flying Club Cup takes the form of two EPs of drastically differing character yoked together on one CD.
The first, March Of The Zapotec, continues Beirut’s penchant for blending non-English folk musics with Western pop modes, comprising half a dozen pieces of Mexican funeral brass-band music fronted by Condon’s curious croon.
“The Akara” has the elegant gait of a dressage pony, and “On A Bayonet” has a more mournful character, while “The Shrew” is closer to classic oompah-band mode.
Throughout, a sense of shabby dignity pervades the music. The second half, Realpeople: Holland, is completely different, its five electropop exercises featuring pop-synth progressions that Vince Clarke would be pleased with, albeit a decade or two ago. It’s a game of two halves, the first proving the more original and thus more interesting.
To order any CD previewed here, call the Independent Music Service on 01634 832 789.
TV reviewBroadcasting House was preparing for a visit from Prince Charles spoiler alert
Glastonbury Michael Eavis reveals final headline act 'most likely' British pair
Film Ewan McGregor joins star-studded Beauty and the Beast cast as Lumiere
TVThe Island with Bear Grylls under fire after male contestants kill and eat rare crocodile
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 The confessions of men who ordered mail-order brides
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
Poldark, series 1 finale, review: How a costume drama became a Sunday night swoon-fest
Al Pacino admits he was nearly fired from The Godfather and it's still his most 'difficult role'
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik tops Sunday Times Rich List
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 3, review: Sansa and manhood-lopping torturer Ramsay Bolton - really?
The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding