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Beirut: An Adorable Treat @ Pitchfork

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Posted by teibs On July - 20 - 2009

beirut@andlaurasays Maybe it’s the horn section. Maybe it’s that Parisian sound that makes me want to be swept off to Europe. Maybe it’s Zach Condon’s boyish charm and good looks. Well, maybe it’s all three reasons and more, but I cannot get enough of Beirut.

This band is quite possibly the cutest I’ve ever seen. Not because their music is particularly cutesy or anything, but every man in that band (especially the drummer) had a smile that stretched ear to ear the entire time they were on stage. They loved it, playing for such a large audience and watching everyone get swept up in their music. They were adorable.

“This is the largest crowd this ukulele has played for,” smiled Zach as he transitioned into “Postcards From Italy” as everyone cheered for the inexperienced instrument. One of the aspects I really like about Pitchfork is the sincerity and even awe of the band that people would actually come out and see them. They seem appreciative and I like that.

And the music. Ah, that sweet music that made them stand out for me all those months ago when I first discovered them in this here video. It’s like a Baltic folk serenade mixed with the soundtrack to Amelie with lyrics packed with reminiscence and regret. It took all of my might to keep from dancing around like a modern-day Esmeralda.

They played the songs everyone wanted them to play, like “Elephant Gun,” “St. Appolonia,” “Mimizan,” a bunch of new songs off the EP, and the particularly moving “Mount Wroclai (Idle Days).” There was even a crowd surfer, like at every show at Pitchfork, to which the accordion player playfully noted its ridiculousness. This was an absolute treasure of the festival. 8.5/10

Photo by leah the librarian

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