Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pork & Pineappole - Son Lux's Beirut Remix On Pitchfork Forkcast Today.

New Music: Beirut: "A Sunday Smile (Son Lux's 'Want' Remix)" [MP3/Stream]

Beirut crooner Zach Condon told Pitchfork he was throwing himself into the world of "classical pop" on his latest album. Son Lux collagist Ryan Lott is a classically trained composer recording for Anticon. Jeez, could they have been made for each other? Lott breaks Condon's chanson-styled "A Sunday Smile", from last year's The Flying Club Cup, into an eerie, percussive lament that would fit in well beside the tracks on Son Lux debut album At War With Walls and Mazes, including the previously posted "Break". Condon's swaying vocal melody previously had the old-world communal feel of a handed-down drinking song, but on Son Lux's "Want" remix his words are chopped up, another tile in the track's complicated mosaic. Squonking digital beats and wooden drill-team clatter are joined by a loping, almost Caribbean rhythm, operatic female backing vocals, minor-key chiming, Condon's trumpet, and some strings. "All I wanted was the best for our lives," Condon sings. All Lott seems to want to do is to bring that feeling alive as vividly as possible through sound. That's a tall order, as the French don't say but Starbucks does; still, more often than not he comes close.

Son Lux Limited Engagements:
03/15 Austin, TX @ SXSW (showcase info tba)
03/22 New York, NY @ The Knitting Factory
04/05 Grand Rapids, MI @
Calvin College

Beirut International Rendezvous:
03/05 Sydney, AUS @ Manning Bar
03/06 Brisbane, AUS @ The Zoo
03/07 Adelaide, AUS @ Womadelaide Festival
03/09 Melbourne, AUS @ Golden Plains Festival
03/11 Melbourne, AUS @ The Corner Hotel
03/13 Auckland, NZ @ Kings Arms Tavern
03/14 New Plymoth, NZ @ Womad NZ Festival
03/16 Wellington, NZ @ San Francisco Bath House
06/26 Paris, FR @ Olympia
06/27 Evreux, FR @ Festival Le Rock dans tous ses
06/28 St. Gallen, CHE @ Openair St. Gallen Festival
06/30 Munich, DEU @ Muffathalle
07/01 Schorndorf, DEU @ Manufaktur
07/02 Koln, DEU @ Live Music Hall
07/03 Werchter, BEL @ Rock Werchter
07/04 Hamburg, DEU @ Fabrik
07/06 Gdynia, POL @ Heineken Opener Festival

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