Zach Condant is familiar with those New Mexican sunsets. His journey into the music which would morph into his band- Beirut, started out within the confines of his Santa Fe bedroom. It then expanded, trouabador-style, into the streets of Paris, Oaxaca, and wherever else he felt the desire to roam through.
These memories and experiences became inspiration for his albums, in which he tells stories that are heartbreaking yet wildly exuberant. Passionate lyrics, often poetic, never contrived, cascade over the layers of instruments. His earlier work stems from a naive inquisitiveness, laced with the interests of an old soul.
With his french horn tattoos peeking out from underneath his dark jacket- the mastermind behind Beirut barreled into 'Scenic World.' The voice that resonated throughout the historic theatre is that of an early David Byrne, although not as fully formed. In appearance, he calls to mind a young Beatle, namely Paul McCartney.
And in the end, the band exits quietly, leaving Condon alone on stage. Much as he started out- a world away- by himself, alone in his room in New Mexico.