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'My Wife, Lost in the Wild' by Beirut/Realpeople

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Beirut/Realpeople: Two Sides Of Zach Condon

Beirut/Realpeople: Two Sides Of Zach Condon

'My Wife, Lost in the Wild' by Beirut/Realpeople

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Zach Condon, the principal singer and songwriter of the indie-cosmopolitan band Beirut, is remarkably talented at infusing his songs with the traditional sounds of far-flung places — the Balkans, Mexico, France. His electronic side project, Realpeople, is no less dreamy and noteworthy, as well as a bit reminiscent of Magnetic Fields' early material. Early this year, Condon combined his two musical personas to release an album called March of the Zapotec/Holland, and while the respected online magazine Blurt named it 2009's best album, it's been surprisingly unheralded compared to Condon's past music.

Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "My Life, Lost in the Wild"
  • Artist: Beirut/Realpeople
  • CD: March of the Zapotec/Holland
  • Genre: World/Pop

In "My Wife, Lost in the Wild," Beirut's Zach Condon constructs, bit by bit, a remarkable sonic structure. Samuel Kirszenbaum hide caption

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In "My Wife, Lost in the Wild," Beirut's Zach Condon constructs, bit by bit, a remarkable sonic structure.

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In "My Wife, Lost in the Wild," Condon constructs, bit by bit, a remarkable sonic structure, built around whirling synths and swirling beats. He layers one of his strongest assets — his clear, gorgeous crooner's voice — on top of itself, piling on in a round robin with himself to dizzying effect, culminating in an a cappella ending in which Condon serenades, "You'll send your heart to me" over and over as he harmonizes with himself. The result melds a bedroom singer-songwriter's humility with an artist's desire to top his own beautiful best work.

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Album
March of the Zapotec
Artist
Beirut
Label
Pompeii/Ba Da Bing!
Released
2009

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