Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Flying Cup Club

Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Flying Cup Club
Label: Ba Da Bing!
Length: EP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Flying Cup Club, The
Of all the emotions and visuals that songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Zachary Condon evokes in his role as Beirut’s bandleader, enchantment is the mood that lingers after a thorough listen of The Flying Club Cup. The second LP from this crooning 20-something employs the rickety sounds of a 10-piece band, which produces “village square” orchestra melodies from an era that preceded the birth of his parents. The Flying Club Cup’s track list pays tribute to France, with Condon looking to fleshier but still gypsy-ish arrangements than those explored on his Gulag Orkestar (2006). The mournful accordion-and-piano-driven “La Banlieue,” for example, might have been a logical canvas for Françoise Hardy to lament cold weather on Ma Jeunesse Fout Le Camp 40 years ago, but Condon’s “Nantes” is his own, with his elastic syllables clearing a path through ever-thickening percussion and choruses. For now, Beirut calls Brooklyn home, but The Flying Club Cup is an artfully scripted declaration from musicians who probably won’t stick around too long.

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