Zach Condon's full-length follow-up to blog-touted debut Gulag Orkestar is a similar exercise in layered orchestral pop, but with one major difference. While Gulag was the product of a precocious teen creating his own musical universe at a monitor in his bedroom, The Flying Club Cup (out October 9) sees the now-legal Brooklyn transplant fronting an eight-piece band and leaning heavily on Owen Pallett for string arrangements.
A turn-of-the-20th-century Parisian photograph gracing the cover says a lot about Condon's vision for Flying Club. Indulging in a baroque concept that includes chanson, 60s French café swing and lush pop, he has no qualms about pushing the drama levels vocally. He warbles yearning lyrics on songs like La Banlieue, Un Dernier Verre (Pour La Route), alongside swaying accordion waltzes such as The Penalty. Best served with croissants and café au lait.
Beirut play the Danforth Music Hall Tuesday (October 2).