For a long time I thought that “Goshen” was my favorite Beirut song and while it is certainly off my favorite album of theirs (The Rip Tide) I think “Nantes” has finally usurped the throne. This is one of those songs where watching the music video (which was accomplished all in one shot) is a must; it illustrates how I feel about it as you get to watch the instruments appear just as they do aurally.
In my opinion, the whole context of the song is set by the French sound clip in the middle. It places Zach Condon in war torn Nantes as he gets too “public” with his mistress. It takes this exchange for him to realize how he’s changed since a long time now. One of the most genius parts to the song is how the beginning and end use the same lyrics but are separated by connotation showing that he’s changed but still the same man. This is just my speculation on the song but I’d love to have some dialogue about it on our Facebook page.
Lastly, a special shout out to my fellow panelist and Libra, Viu, on this her birthiest of days.
This is a new song. I’m playing a show on Friday at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor at 8pm with Carter Moulton, and I’d love it if you could make it! It’s the first show I’ve played in some time, and I’m real excited about it.
This is a such a beautiful thing. Not just as a song, but as a sign. Jeff is out there, somewhere in Michigan, making music.
If you’re in or near Ann Arbor with nothing to do this Friday, go see this man. I’ve been lucky enough to see him twice, and it is truly lucky, seeing him live is like catching a firefly in a jar, it happens so rarely. Take the opportunity if you have it, friends.