It's far from New Mexico's childhood and America that he no longer recognizes Zach Condon revitalizing, as evidenced by a new album inspired by his Beirut band, created between Berlin and the Italian countryside.
At the age of twenty, it was the music that allowed Santa El to escape, exaggerating from his bedroom with old songs full of trumpets and churches that looked directly from the Balkans. Interesting is the name chosen for the project, Beirut, although the applicant has no connection with Lebanon. Twelve years later, after living in New York and Paris and experiencing high and low values, Zach Condon laid his bags in Berlin and his instruments. But the city ultimately does not matter that he would be well exhausted "in the rest of his days" in the studio surrounded by his ugly, organs, trumpets and drum machines, says the singer only dreams of "hiding"!
When others proudly show you photos of their children or holidays, they pull out their smartphones to admire one of their mixing consoles full of color cables. Nothing is more important to him, he reassures himself before immersing himself in the music, looking for the smallest buzzing, crunchy, scratching. Copper Gallipoli, a song that tomorrow publishes its title on the new CD, was born after long hours of apnea in the studio, a "creative trans".
This way of searching and composing alone brought him back to his debut, to his first solo album by Gulag Orkestar (2006). From the first notes of the new record we find the same atmosphere suddenly melancholic and warm (when I die). "It was a rediscovery of the old feelings of how this album came naturally, smoothly," says thirty musicians comfortably installed in the Beggars campus in Paris, his recording company. "You have to forget the idea that you are a well-known musician and that at the end of the process are critics and audiences, the aim was just to be in the studio and go home every night, happy with what I wrote …" he adds.
The recording was held in Apulia in southern Italy and ended at his home in Berlin. For a practical question, considering the rates in New York, but also real European tropism. "Berlin was not really in my radar … I liked it, but I never imagined that I would live there one day. I've always been interested in Paris, New York or Istanbul, but it is finally so, and I'm so satisfied! "
Europe will defend itself from April (Brussels 2, Paris 5, Bourges 17, etc.) Before it will take place in North America. United States: "I was not there because I live in Berlin … and it's very good," he says. "I'm done with this country, it's a waste of time," says the musician. For centuries, half the country, more or less enlightened, is trying to bring the other half to its advantage. "
"Music is too valuable a thing to be as stupid as this country. I have nothing against political songs, but I do not want to tune my political music," says Zach Condon. "Lyrics are something that gives me trouble even though I want them to be important To be honest I've never heard the music of other people for the lyrics It's been 32 years, all my life I listen to the Beach Boys and I do not know half the lyrics , "says the singer, who recorded three instruments out of twelve feet.
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