Off their new album, the self-titled Portico Quartet
Quite different to both Knee Deep in the North Sea and Isla, especially this song. They’ve always said they’re influenced are contemporary electronic music (flying lotus is someone in particular I’ve heard them mention) but this album is the first time I really think they’ve embraced it. Also the first time (I think) that they’ve used a vocalist.
Off March of the Zapotec, half of the Dual EP (The other half being Realpeople Holland)
For me, this is Beirut’s peak sonically. Both albums prior to this (Gulug Orchestra, Flying club cup) I love to bits, but Zapotec has this gorgeous aged sound to it. The opening to “The Akara” is effortlessley grand, and in “La Llorona” above, the majesty of Beirut’s sound is optimised.
Whilst the production is nearly as good on his most recent, The Rip Tide, here the songs really aren’t there. Which is a shame, as the arrangements are as usual top notch.
We finally have dates for the upcoming album “Adventures in your own backyard”! AND the band gave us an amazing gift: the album recording of Into Giants. It’s so freaking amazing, so go have a good listen at http://www.adventuresinyourownbackyard.com/