Beirut The Flying Club Cup on LP
Beirut’s second album The Flying Club Cup (2007), is an homage to France’s culture, fashion, history, and music. Zach Condon immersed himself in Balkan folk, absorbed sounds, scales, styles, and the sonic joys of a skeletally structured, cacophonic ensemble - and moved west. Condon also soaked up the likes of François Hardy, Charles Aznavour, and, most notably, Jacques Brel (a huge influence on both Scott Walker and Mark E. Smith).
Most of the album was created at a nondescript Albuquerque office space, a.k.a. A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s practice room; Heather Trost plays violin and viola on three songs. Engineering and production assistance came from Griffin Rodriguez (A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Man Man). He helped separate the many instrumentalists involved in recording, as opposed to Gulag’s largely solo flight. Additional recording was done with Owen Pallet (Final Fantasy) at the Masonic church studio owned by The Arcade Fire.
Within the spectacle and intimacy of The Flying Club Cup, you can hear a love letter to the joie de vivre that defines our existence. Listen closer, and you also hear the emergence of a singular musical talent and his experience living in Paris - unbounded by cultural borders and by where his heart travels.
Beirut The Flying Club Cup Track Listing:
1. A Call To Arms
3. A Sunday Smile
4. Guyamas Sonora
5. La Banlieue
7. The Penalty
8. Forks and Knives (La Fete)
9. In The Mausoleum
10. Un Dernier Verre (Pour La Route)
12. St. Apollonia
13. The Flying Club Cup