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Beirut Debut Gorgeous New Tunes Live

Watch Zach Condon and Co. play new material as the group prepares new album for 2011.

Beirut’s Zach Condon is putting the finishing touches on a new album — his first since 2007’s The Flying Club Cup. But with the group kicking off a tour this month, he’s debuting new material live. Condon unveiled two new tunes at a gig in Norfolk, VA this week: one untitled track and an up-tempo number titled “Sante Fe.” Check out fan footage here (via Pitchfork).

Condon has said the new Beirut album is a “sunny” collection, with an emphasis on keys and classical brass arrangements. He’s right. “Santa Fe,” a tribute to his New Mexico hometown, is a bright, piano-powered pop number with hair-raising, dual-trumpet interludes. Same goes for the untitled song — a strummy, mid-tempo number that weirdly sounds like a McCartney-led Beatles ballad.

WATCH: Beirut, “Santa Fe”

WATCH: Beirut, Untitled