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Scenic World - Beirut

Scenic World

Gulag Orkestar
indie folk indie folk balkan Beirut


A song by Beirut which features on their first album, The Gulag Orkestar, and also in another form on the "Lon Gisland EP". The former is a bedroom pop-fuelled ballad, featuring Condon singing over keyboard synths and an upbeat drum sound, with synthed strings filling in the gaps later on. On the EP however, the song is replicated with physical instruments. An organ makes up most of the texture of the track with Beirut's trademark brass taking on the countermelody further into the track. It's a firm favourite of both the band and the audience live, and is usually played towards the end of the set.


Beirut is an American indie-rock and world music band which was originally the solo musical project of Zach Condon (born Zachary Francis Condon in Santa Fe, New Mexico) and later expanded into a band. The band's first performances were in New York, in May 2006, to support the release of their debut album, Gulag Orkestar. Condon recorded before Beirut was established: when he was fifteen and under the name of Realpeople, he made an electronic record, fashioned after his love for The Magnetic Fields. Show more ...

Scenic World - Beirut

The lights go on
The lights go off
When things don't feel right
I lie down like a tired dog
Licking his wounds in the shade

When I feel alive
I try to immagine a careless life
A scenic world where the sunsets are all
Breathtaking



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