Beirut - "East Harlem"

In today’s post teasing Blondie’s Beirut collab, we mentioned “East Harlem” b/w “Goshen,” a new single that marks Beirut’s first new songs since March Of The Zapotec. Zach Condon wrote the uke tune when he was 17 but first started playing it live in 2009. This jauntier studio take adds piano to the mix. Take a listen:

As the exclusive distributor of Beirut’s labels Ba Da Bing and Pompeii, Revolver has a limited edition red 7″ for purchase here. You can also sample “Goshen” on that page. The beagles come in a limited edition of six but are not for sale.

Comments (7)
  1. He never seizes to put me in the best mood ever. And I just like the way he writes. He seems to use a lot of harsh “s” sounds in his lyrics, which gives the rhythm more direction. And he puts a lot of emphasis on his “s”s when he sings them. Especially in “My Night With the Prostitute from Marseilles”.

    I don’t know if anyone knows what I am talking about. I like it a whole lot.

    • I know exactly what you’re talking about! It’s really awesome because I think it helps to give the song focus. It’s a beautiful pop song, and I have a feeling this is going to be a very cohesive record. He’s just such a romantic. I can’t stop listening to this song.

  2. What a wonderful resonance his voice has! This is a sweet song. I like the horns, too. For whatever reason, they reminds me of Beulah.

  3. whit that beautiful beagles pic im so buying the album

  4. Lovely. Would love to learn to play this on my Steinway Grand .

  5. some of their best work to date. The Rip Tide should be great.

  6. I love this band so much, even the pop Beirut is so beautiful. Personal Opinion: the pick of East Harlem as the single is completely silly and should be A Candle’s Flre, though my favorites are Goshen and Payne’s Bay. More than anything, I just hope this band keeps making albums forever

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