Europe inspires. Just ask any tourist who’s ever been there, and they can tell you that experiencing the mix of
cultures there is life-changing. It certainly was for Zack Condon, who traveled across Europe as a teen and came back with
a deep passion for Eastern European music, especially gypsy music. He’s meshed it with lo-fi indie rock that’s
charmed critics the country over.
Condon’s music came to the attention of the blogosphere and music press in 2006, when he released his debut album,
Gulag Orkestar, at the age of 19. With a low, sad voice that will break your heart on some tracks, he drew comparisons to
indie-folk bands like the Decemberists, the Magnetic Fields or the Neutral Milk Hotel. Grab some Beirut
Condon’s kitchen sink approach to making music—playing everything from saxophone and accordion to the clarinet,
mandolin and ukulele—has earned him the well-deserved distinction of being a talented multi-instrumentalist. Still
a young artist moving into the prime of his life, its well worth getting concert tickets
to see him live.