Beirut/Realpeople, ‘March of the Zapotec/Holland’ (Pompeii)
Thank God for that voice. Without such caramel pipes, Beirut’s Zach Condon would never be able to own his shape-shifting styles — elegant French pop and Balkan folk on past albums, Mexican funeral marches here. But like a musical version of conceptual photographer Cindy Sherman, he embodies the essence without disappearing completely.The first half of this double EP was recorded with a 19-piece Oaxacan band, who pull the songs away from Condon’s reflexive melancholy; but next to their pomp, his sparse bedroom electronics on Holland (under the name Realpeople) feel a tad thin.
Listen: Beirut, “My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille”
Watch: Beirut, “La Llorona”