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Album Review: Beirut - 'Artifacts'

Updated: May 4, 2023

Beirut is the brainchild of musician Zach Condon who's unique blend of indie rock and world music has captivated audiences across the globe for years now. On January 28, Condon will be releasing Artifacts, a double LP worth of music collecting EP's, early works, and B-Sides spanning throughout his career. This includes music from Condon as early as when he was 14 years old. Needless to say, Artifacts is a massive collection that shows the musical journey of a musician unlike anything we've seen previously. Clocking in at 26 tracks, it's easy to say that Artifacts is an expansive and introspective look at Condon's musical career.

Beirut's sound just stands out. It's a mashup of music that you wouldn't necessarily would think would blend but it does. Also, there's an innate diversity to Beirut's sound. Condon pulls from all different walks of life in his music and creates something truly different. This is on display in varying levels throughout Artifacts. The sounds he's able to generate range from indie rock, to world infused alt-pop, his range is something to admire.

If this were one album released as a unit, I would perhaps say it's a bit too diverse in its sound from track to track. However, because it's a collection and is indicated as such, I think it's great. The massive and meticulously curated Artifacts is out digitally on January 28 and physically on April 1st via Pompeii Records. I for one am looking forward to the release!

Rating - 4/5

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