Most everyone knows Beirut, but most do not know about Zach Condon's first project, The Joys of Losing Weight which he recorder under the name of Realpeople. The soundscape of The Joys of Losing Weight resembles a less refined edition of his more recent release, The March of the Zapotec . Amazingly, The Joys of Losing Weight were a bedroom recording project of the 15 year-old Condon. Very chilled out compared with Beirut's other work and in some of the tracks from the album some elements of instrumental post-rock can be found. This may be stretching it, but the young Condon seems ahead of the game, sounding a bit like the artist we previously blogged, Shlohmo.
Most interestingly, Beirut has a massive following in Brazil which has spawned a number of Beirut cover bands referred to as Beirutando.
Submissions from this past week seem to represent one or two genres, composition and instrumental. As I have mentioned in the past, instrumental work tends to be my favorite and unfortunately it seems to be a genre that doesn't secure enough traction. 'Nough said and with one more plug on to the music. As always email us your submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting piano at the age of 6 and beginning to compose at the age of 14, the ability of Oskar Schuster to weave fantasized dreamscapes comes as no surprise. In more recent years Schuster studied musicology in Munich before packing up his bags for Berlin in hopes of becoming a musician. Since then he has released Dear Utopia in September 2011 and is currently working on his second full-length entitled, Sneuuwland. Schuster writes,
"I like to call my songs musical fairytales as they create a surreal, magical atmosphere with the combination of piano, glockenspiel, music box, accordion and beats ma…
At the end of what seemed like a fruitless search, I finally stumbled upon a gem in "You Can Yell." Astronauts, etc. (project of Berkeley based Anthony Ferraro) bears an eerie resemblance to my favorite collaboration of CSLSX and I Break Horses. Beginning with reverb heavy guitar, the beat drops with hushed vocals and crescendos before dropping into a distorted chorus. I have a lot going on tomorrow so I am required to stay in tonight and this track makes the time go by just a little bit easier.
Y'all feel in the mood for some good Canadian folk? Jon Lawless, who along with Mary Cassidy brought us the terribly infectious "Carolina," blesses us with a new Tallest Man on Earth-esque track titled, "So Sure." This time around Jon Lawless has teamed up world-renowned fiddler Linsey Beckett. "So Sure" starts as sleepy folk before the steel guitar and Beckett's slurring fiddle escalate to a blissful crescendo. My only complaint is that I would have loved to hear Mary Cassidy's voice alongside Lawless. The two had an irresistible back and forth on "Carolina." To go along with the lyric, "It never hurts to be so sure that you risk it all," I thought I would throw in another track from Lawless titled "Go For Broke." Living fully seems to be a leitmotif for these Canadians. Man, today couldn't get better, another good tune and another victory for R…