For lovers of Balkan-tinged folk, 2011 is shaping up to be a good year. Beirut are getting ready to go on a lengthy world tour and have a new album on the way this summer. We still don't know what the full-length is called or when it will be out, but here's something more concrete for you to latch onto: this Monday (June 6), songwriter Zach Condon's Pompeii Records will release a seven-inch containing two brand-new songs.
The tracks are called "East Harlem" and "Goshen," and you can preview the first minute or so of both of them over at Piccadilly Records. The A-side is a buoyant tune based upon a plunking piano figure and strummed ukulele, while the flip is a soft, meditative ballad.
The product description reveals that there will be 2,000 copies on white vinyl and 2,000 more on blue vinyl. That's the artwork above, which is either cute or scary, depending on whether you like dogs.
This is the first original material Beirut has released since 2009's March of the Zapotec, a double EP that came packaged with a handful of songs recorded under Condon's electro alias, Realpeople.
You can order the new single here and see Beirut's tour schedule here, which includes several Canadian dates.