“The Concubine” comes from the Holland portion of Zach Condon’s fantastic double-EP release from earlier this year. It’s the EP for which he dusted off his old Realpeople moniker and got back to playing with laptops and keys. That said, this track is a departure from typical Beirut stuff more for its groove than its instrumentation (here accordion and trumpet, per usual), but the pulse beneath is this groovy sort of march which, particularly when performed live along with the rest of that EP’s tunes at those stellar Brooklyn shows, pulled the tarp off just one more direction the guy can take his writing. If you can’t seem him do those March Of The Zapotec (the Mexican dirge half) and Holland songs live anytime soon, then at least watch him bum a smoke to the world’s most dignified man here. Zach’s the one in the cowboy hat. (Except for when it’s a little kid in the cowboy hat.)
The March Of The Zapotec & Holland EPs are out via Ba Da Bing.