Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
by Mustache Princess 09.16.06
This is my favorite CD of the 2006, so far. Imagine a Balkan busking band combined with neutral milk hotel,the magnetic fields and rufus wainwright.You probably can't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should just trust me on this one, it's fantastic.
First word that comes to mind: Looseness. This kid from New Mexico and his band play something like gypsy/klezmer/slavic music mixed together with David Byrne or Rufus Wainright-like vocals. I really like the loose, relaxed feel of it. Like they just picked up their instruments and started playing... Someone else at work compared it to Magnetic Fields but I've never listened to them so I can't say that. Honestly, New Mexico is one of my favorite places on earth.