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March of The Zapotec by Beirut
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8/10 Brian 13 February 2009

Now that Zach Condon has been treading the boards for a while now, each new release is possibly viewed with increasing weariness as his schtick is under fire from heartless critics questioning his soul amidst dubious claims of cultural tourism. Hey, you all loved the first record, right? Didn't bother you THEN? I'm sorry but this is the music the man loves and as far as I can tell he's mining a rich stream of beautiful music, he puts on a blistering show that has the hairs on your neck standing up and on the first section of his new twin pack/split themed release 'March of the Zapotec / Realpeople : Holland' he's dishing out Mexican funeral themed folk. Even though the geographical focus has shifted across the globe, he's still distinctly Beirut and the first 6 songs on this record are going to more than delight fans old & new with their parping brass, skittery marching percussion & delicious undercurrents. Phil has just been reminded of Calexico. Except, I hate to admit it, we think this guy writes better songs. If you're a bit tired of his pan-global gypsy folk assault you can always skip to the 2nd segment which we find a little upsetting. It's not all that bad but is basically the flipside of where young Zach could have gone with his vision under the moniker Realpeople, i.e, slightly irritating and underwhelming synthpop that for all its perkiness, appears a tad pointless & insipid compared to his usual output. We're reminded on one track of Leeds' Printed Circuit but honestly, nowhere near as fun! However, it's an interesting contrast that serves well to highlight just what a delight this man's (un)usual music is to many people so stick to the full-on assault Zach and maybe put the kiddie pop out under the original alias because it's a terrible misrepresentation! CD & twin vinyl!

8/10 Neil

You may wonder where you have heard this unusual sound before.

I've been away from music for a while, and on hearing this artist on Myspace, before buying it from yours truly, of course, I could not place it. i thought Micah P Hinson, M Ward, and then gave up.

The answer was a record  I heard a million years ago from...Neutral Milk Hotel...I like it...............

10/10 Natalie Customer rating (no review), 1st January 2020



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