Multi-instrumentalist Zach Condon, better known to listeners as Beirut, released a new record titled “No No No” Sept. 11. His last album “The Rip Tide” left some fans dissapointed, as it shed the expanded orchestration of previous records in favor of more simplistic songwriting and a fewer count of instruments on the recent record.
While Condon may be writing sleeker songs with less of a splash than before, his vocal ability and production have improved and are noticable on recent records.
In the beginning of “Gibraltar,” a world music influence and sparse piano background introduces Condon’s warm vocal melody and shows off the slick production of recent records.
The big surprise of “No No No” is the blues elementscrafted in the latter half of the album, an influence that Beirut has seldom explored on previous records. The sound is expressed through keyboards and drum rhythms. The sounds are especialy noticable on tracks “Pacheco,” “Perth” and the lead single, “No No No.”
This record is a far cry from Condon’s previous albums such as 2011’s, “March of the Zapotec,” which had a 19-piece brass band. Hearing his music in a simpler way has the charm present in Beirut’s last record “Santa Fe.”