BEIRUT - GULAG ORKESTAR
2006 DEBUT ALBUM FROM BEIRUT. Originally a solo project from Santa Fe-based musician Zach Condon, Beirut would expand to a full band with Gulag Orkestar being their critically-acclaimed debut. Most of the album was hatched in Condon's bedroom and later put together layer by layer with help from his friends Jeremy Barnes (of Neutral Milk Hotel) and Heather Trost, who would later become contributors of the band. The resulting sound fuses Balkan Folk and traditional with an indie twist. 11 tracks in all.