21 year-old Zach Condon (a.k.a. Beirut) is something of a prodigy. Performing and recording music as a teenager seemed to interest him more than school: he promptly dropped out and went travelling around eastern Europe. That can be heard on his critically acclaimed debut album, Gulag Orkestar (2006) which features balkan horns, ukeleles (seemingly) played by old gypsys, and Condon's heart-swelling croon. In October 2007, his second album The Flying Club Cup was released, to more warm reviews.

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