A string of softly-lit lights float over our heads as a warm summer breeze gently carries the sounds of trumpets into the air. The sound whirls around as a heady mix of ukulele, accordion, french horn and Zach Condon’s gentle vocals soon follow. Beirut’s music was made for those warm, celebratory summer evenings where the outside world slowly fades in and out of focus.
Well, err, this new Beirut album is coming a bit late for such seasonal festivities, but at least we have “No No No” for now. Clocking in at only two minutes and forty-three seconds, “No No No” is a short jaunt that contains all of the hallmarks of Beirut’s recognizable take on indie and world music. Strung along by only four verses and a litany of somber “La la la”s, the song is Condon’s condensed take on the inklings of a new relationship:
“Don’t know the first the thing about who you are. My heart is waiting, taken in from the start. If we don’t go now, we won’t get very far. Don’t know the first the thing about who you are.”
The album, which shares the same name as “No No No”, is set to be released on September 11th through 4AD. Check them out on their upcoming tour which includes dates at New York’s highly respect Radio City Music Hall.
2015 Tour Dates 06/19: Bearsville Theatre – Woodstock, NY 06/26: Festival International de Jezz de Montreal – Montreal, QC 06/28: Ottawa Jazz Festival – Ottawa, ON 07/16: Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC 08/22: Musicfest NW – Portland, OR 09/14: Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, BE 09/17: Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL 09/20: Columbiahalle – Berlin, DE 09/22: Zenith – Paris, FR 09/24: Brixton Academy – London, UK 10/01: Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY 10/04: Santa Fe National Historic Landmark – Santa Fe, NM 10/06: Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA 10/07: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA 10/08: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA 10/10: Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA 10/13: Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA 11/03: Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC 11/06: Tower Theatre – Philadelphia, PA 11/07: House of Blues – Boston, MA 11/10: Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL 11/13: Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON 11/14: Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON