Beirut Announces New Album Hadsel, Shares “So Many Plans”
Zach Condon’s new album will be released on November 10 via his own Pompeii Records.
Words: Will Schube
Photo: Lina Gaißer
August 30, 2023
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Zach Condon has announced his first new Beirut album since 2019’s Gallipoli. Out November 10 on his own Pompeii Records, according to a press release the record is “a collection of 12 songs that find warmth and solace in the most extreme darkness, from the severe self-doubt that led to the LP’s creation, to the arctic conditions that kept Condon inspired.”
The album followed persistent throat issues that forced Condon to cancel the end of Beirut’s Gallipoli tour in 2019, and to question whether he would ever be able to play a live show again. He sought not only to recover, but to escape. “During my time in Hadsel, I worked hard on the music, lost in a trance and stumbling blindly through my own mental collapse that I had been pushing aside since I was a teenager,” said Condon.
“It came and rang me like a bell. I was left agonizing many things past and present while the beauty of the nature, the northern lights and fearsome storms played an awesome show around me. The few hours of light would expose the unfathomable beauty of the mountains and the fjords, and the hours-long twilights would fill me with subdued excitement. I'd like to believe that scenery is somehow present in the music.”
Check out “So Many Plans” below, and pre-order Hadsel here.BeirutmidwxstThe ArmedBuck MeekBeirutGallipolihere