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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Published on August 10th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Beirut – Rip Tide
Beirut are back in a big way. After coming to prominence in 2006 with the release of Gulag Orkester, Zach Condon has plotted his way up the musical rankings through his original blend of eastern European and Balkan Folk with western pop music, reaching both the indie-rock culture and the world music market. Rip Tide is no exception. From the first track, Beirut takes you on a journey (a rather short one at 33 minutes) through sorrow, honesty and isolation using mournful strings and upbeat horns. A style that is unique only to Beirut. Condon’s vocals come at you with his piercingly melancholic tone, accompanied with beautifully soft song arrangements, which surely illustrate Condon’s quick development from a young nineteen-year-old six years ago to the present.

The upbeat second track ‘Santa Fe’ shows a shift in Condon’s musical arrangement with an almost ’80s influenced rhythm that transcends some of Beirut’s previous musical flavours.  And all of a sudden you’re hit with ‘Goshen’, a torch song stripping you’re emotions down with a sumptuous piano phrases at a level of intimacy new to Beirut’s musical make up. Beirut’s instruments all add to their unique sound most noticeably Condon’s use of the ukulele and trumpet as well as his counterpart Kelly Pratt, whose performance on the euphonium draws you in with each note. It is easy to see how Condon’s creative past as a member of a jazz band in his early teens has inspired him with some riveting passages of trumpet throughout.

Beirut set the bar high with their first two albums. The release of Rip Tide may just have raised it even higher. 

Rip Tide is out 30th August on Pompei Records

Fear of Mountains

The Witch And The Robot – Fear of Mountains
The new upcoming album Fear of Mountains by The Witch And The Robot, features original and experimental sound, which is to be released on the 1st September. The high tone and dazzling rhythm delivers an exceptional atmosphere for its audience. 

Fear of Mountains will be released on 1st September


Playing in the Shadows 


Example – Playing in the Shadows
An electronic mix for any dancing Queen (or King), is Example’s upcoming album Playing in the Shadows, which is to be released by the Ministry of Sound in September. The alluring vocals and the memorable beats are perfect for any dance floor.

Playing in the Shadows will be released on 4th September


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