hungry hearted

serving up a healthy portion of pop culture commentary, random infatuations, and introspective ramblings


When I saw Beirut perform at Emo's during SXSW last year, I felt my entire body melt at the first verse Zach Condon belted. I've pretty much been floored ever since (ba dum bumb). Granted, the initial awe may have dulled a little, but I'm genuinely impressed by what I perceive to be a balance of humility and talent. He's so comfortable. His appearance is that of a disheveled child but his performance that of a seasoned crooner. I love the melting pot feel in the layers of orchestration. I read this article months ago that I wish I could find to post, but basically I read about how he'd created and pieced together the layers himself for his first recordings and then had to find musicians to replicate the sound so he could tour. I think at first he bombed live, but he worked with the musicians and put emphasis on their sound being loud and messy. I find his approach unique in that it's melancholy and overwhelmingly beautiful. It just really hits me.

As I've previously stated, I'm always impressed when a song and video compliment one another and capture something new and exciting. I'm pretty sure I watched the video counterpart for "Elephant Gun" five times in a row in sheer awe of the beautiful mess. It's bazaar and brilliantly unafraid.

Another favorite, also directed by Alma Har'el, is for "Postcards From Italy." Right now, I cannot think of a video more heartfelt. It captures the essence of innocence in an honest portrayal without being cheesy. It's perfect. And it doesn't hurt that it's one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard.


Danny said...

perhaps you've seen this already? I think it's good enough to allow for the possibility of redundancy.