Beirut Shows Some Spanish Styles @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 5/18/08

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Last month, young master Condon bailed on a string of European dates with a letter posted on his site, saying: “It’s come time to change some things, reinvent some others, and come back at some point with a fresh perspective and batch of songs.” Last week, Zach stealthily announced a Sunday show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, maybe to try out that new perspective and songs a little sooner than the downcast letter had suggested. Sure enough, MHOW brought the new tunes, and apparently, a new European musical tradition for Beirut to cycle through. Says Kyle:

“My Wife,” “The Shrew,” “Benito Juarez” and “Leaotinito” made their supposed premiers last night and all featured horn sections that could only be categorized as the Spanish and/or Portuguese tradition. I don’t know about all the others (“My Wife” was instrumental), but we were informed that “Leaotinito” is a Portuguese poem that may or may not have been written by Condon.

“My Wife,” eh? Is that a wedding ring on that finger, Zach? Anyway, everybody says this show was awesome, making BK this weekend’s undisputed champion of music. Beirut’s working on the next album as we type — we will get you more on that as it comes, and more of Reinford’s photos (and a YouTube of a last night’s “Nantes”) post jump.


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