ne of 2006’s most unexpected indie success stories, Beirut combines a wide variety of styles, from pre-rock/pop music and Eastern European Gypsy styles to the alternately plaintive and whimsical indie folk of the Decemberists to the lo-fi, homemade psychedelic experimentation of Neutral Milk Hotel. At the heart of this sonic hybrid was a teenager from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a fact that made Beirut’s debut album, Gulag Orkestar, all the more surprising. Something of a musical prodigy, multi-instrumentalist Zach Condon began making one-man D.I.Y. bedroom recordings in his early teens; while conducting interviews several years later, he claimed to have recorded an entire album of ’50s-style doo wop material and a collection of electronic pop songs inspired by the Magnetic Fields. (Indeed, Condon’s dolorous vocal delivery and low, somewhat shaky pitch sound directly inspired by the Fields’ Stephin Merritt.)

Gold Lake Releases "Alone Again Or" (Love Cover) For Amnesty International, Featuring Members Of Here We Go Magic, Beirut, Bahamas, Sufjan Stevens And More.

Gold Lake Does Song For Amnesty International

Amnesty International, is a constant reference when it comes to looking out for Human Rights. Gold Lake, having always been a fan of Amnesty International’s efforts and work, had been wanting to find a way of helping raise awareness within their humble possibilities. That’s why, after asking Amnesty International what they thought Gold Lake could do,

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Beirut premiere video for “The Rip Tide”

“I always felt that ‘The Rip Tide’ wasn’t fully able to project its own ambitions in song form . . . no matter how it was performed or recorded, it felt contained by sound alone. . . I wanted more, as I often do with my music, and this is not a bad thing

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