Beirut's Zach Condon deserves the term "wunderkind," I think. I mean, the guy's 21 years old, and he's without a doubt one of the more talented musicians of his generation (up there with James Murphy, Tunde Adebimpe, and Sufjan Stevens). Just this year he released his sophomore album, The Flying Club Cup, which mostly dispensed with his debut's (Gulag Orkestar) Balkan rumblings for a more unplaceably (*cough*French*cough*) exotic tone, and it suits Zach's Morrissey-with-soul warble far more snugly than the slowed-down-Gogol-Bordello tunes he used to traffic in. He's unimpeachably gifted, and The Flying Club Cup just may serve to cement his place in the indie music pantheon (or at least the folksier end of it).
Watch, and appreciate: