Beirut started out as a fantasy about the Balkans of a young American who chose the capital of Lebanon as the band's name. Zach Condon drifted through Europe when he was 16, falling in love with the gypsy music of Goran Bregovic and the vibes in Paris. Beirut’s breakthrough came with ‘Nantes’, the Christmas single of 2007. Gradually Condon started to enrich his gypsy sound with rich orchestrations, creating a subtle and infectious party mix. A dozen musicians are required to achieve this full sound live on stage. This demands a lot of energy from the creator and explains why there is always so much time between releases. Beirut is a scarce commodity. But this only makes the band even more successful, with every reunion feeling even warmer. The new LP, ‘Gallipoli’ (2019), takes the band to a higher level.