You know all that whining I did about lack of comments? I forgot to mention that I totally don't expect to get much, if any, when I do Music Mondays. Music Mondays are largely for me anyway, with the vain hope that at least one of you will seek out this music that may be new to you and become a fan. Music is important to me, and by doing this I hope someone else may stumble upon music which speaks to them.
This week's musician is someone who will certainly not appeal to all tastes. However, if you like your music eclectic and influenced by many different cultures, it's Beirut all the way. The crazy thing is, this kid (Zach Condon) is like 22, and started making this wonderful music in his bedroom. I say anything utilising ukelele, Balkan folk, and the fine sounds of the glockenspiel is all good to me.
I could write thoughtful musings on why I find Beirut so damn good, but it all comes down to the fact that when I listen to him (them?) I am instantly happy. Blissfully, maddeningly so.
Postcards from Italy:
Scenic World (Live):
Mount Wroclai (Idle Days):
He's drunk here, but still manages to own this song. Seriously, what the fuck? My finest drunken moment was singing a "I am Neat" to myself in a mirror, the entire lyrical composition of the song being the words, "I am Neat". And it didn't sound like this. No sir. For the record, my favourite version of this song (Hallelujah, not I am Neat) is Buckley.