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Beirut – "Artifacts" out 04/03 via Pompeii


Artifacts began humbly as a means of compiling a few early Beirut EPs for a proper physical release. However, as Zach Condon explains in album’s excellent liner notes, reconnecting with old recordings through fresh ears turned a simple re-issue project into something much more expansive. “When the decision came to re-release this collection, I found myself digging through hard drives looking for something extra to add to the compilation. What started as a few extra unreleased tracks from my formative recording years quickly grew into an entire extra records-worth of music from my past, and a larger project of remixing and remastering everything I found for good measure.”


Artifacts is a phylogenetic tree. A double-LP’s worth music that traces the evolution of Beirut from a 14-year old Condon’s first attempts at bringing the music he heard in his mind to life, to the fully formed Beirut we know today.

Selling Points:

Retrospective of rarities and b-sides spanning the entirety of Beriut’s catalogue.

17 of the Artifact’s 26 songs have not been previously released.

Tracklisting:

SIDE A

01 - Elephant Gun

02 - My Family's Role In The World Revolution

03 - Scenic World

04 - The Long Island Sound

05 - Carousels

06 - Transatantique

07 - O Leãozinho


SIDE B

08 - Autumn Tall Tales

09 - Fyodor Dormant

10 - Poisoning Claude

11 - Bercy

12 - Your Sails

13 - Irrlichter


SIDE C

14 - Sicily

15 - Now I'm Gone

16 - Napoleon On The Bellerophon

17 - Interior of a Dutch House

18 - Fountains and Tramways

19 - Hot Air Balloon


SIDE D

20 - Fisher Island Sound

21 - So Slowly

22 - Die Treue zum Ursprung

23 - The Crossing

24 - Zagora

25 - Le Phare Du Cap Bon

26 - Babylon

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