Just Announced: Beirut will play The Tower in February, releases new song “Gallipoli”

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Beirut likes to make us wait for new music. It’s been over three years since the release of their last album No No No, but we now have news that the Santa Fe-based band led by Zach Condon will return with a new album in early 2019. The 12-track album, Gallipoli, will be released on February 1 via 4AD Records, and Beirut will play a show at the Tower Theater on Feb. 15.

The first single off Gallipoli is its title track, which you can listen to below. In classic Beirut fashion, it’s a grand-sounding song filled with unexpected instrumentals, including organ and horns, overlaid with Condon’s whispery, ethereal vocals.

Beirut’s Zach Condon sat down with NPR Music’s Bob Boilen to tell the story behind the new song on All Songs Considered. The album was recorded in rural Italy, and its titular inspiration comes from a city that Condon and his band stumbled upon. He says:

“We were seeing signs for a city called Gallipoli. We get out of the car and we just decided to go for a walk and in that moment we happened to hit a procession. We happened to walk in at the exact moment as the Saint was leaving the church, carried by a bunch of priests. Behind them was this frenetic kind of brass band. [Sound] was bouncing off the walls, and simultaneously every church bell in town was ringing, which just made for utter chaos. And the city is just claustrophobic, streets winding —you would have to live there your whole life to know where you’re going. We just got lost with it for an entire night. The next day, I wrote the song I ended up calling ‘Gallipoli,’ entirely in one sitting, pausing only to eat.”

Listen to the full episode below.

Tickets for the Tower show go on sale this Friday, October 26. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Gallipoli tracklist
“When I Die”
“Gallipoli”
“Varieties Of Exile”
“On Mainau Island”
“I Giardini”
“Gauze fur Zah”
“Corfu”
“Landslide”
“Family Curse”
“Light In The Atoll”
“We Never Lived Here”
“Fin”

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