On later records, Condon and co. revealed increasing
orchestral flair, showcased most spectacularly on ‘Guyamas Sonora.’ After 2011’s
The Rip Tide, however, we didn’t hear
much from the group, not least because of troubles in Condon’s personal life. Four
years later and Beirut have returned with No
No No, the most uncharacteristic album in their discography. There’s a
restraint on show here that’s absent from previous work: the horns have been
pared down, and even the vocals have lost something of their yearning-filled swoon.
The sound leans more heavily on keyboards, straying, dare we say it, in the
direction of electro-pop.
At its heart, though, Beirut’s music has retained its
power; although they have a tendency to look backwards for inspiration, their work remains keenly felt. Condon is an accomplished songwriter and a master of
wistful melodicism. The group also have a reputation for rousing, atmospheric live performances. Book now to see them at the Roundhouse on February 12.
|Where||Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Camden Town (underground)|
On 12 Feb 16, Doors at 19:00
|Price||£27.50 (plus fees)|
|Website||Click here to book via the Roundhouse website|