it all started this afternoon when i caught lou humming beirut‘s “postcards from italy”. this was when audrey took the chance to introduce us both to alaska in winter, promising it to sound like beirut, except better. that sure got me interested, and as i found out, the project was one that revolved round one man – brendon bethancourt – with some help from other musicians, the most notable being mr beirut himself zach condon and heather trost from a hawk and a hacksaw. the song audrey let me listen to was “your red dress”, a track taken off his 2007 debut album dance party in the balkans featuring condon on the trumpet. the project and album titles are pretty self-explanatory: yes, this was recorded one winter in alaska, and yes, the music consists of typical balkan fare with beats. however, you really do have to listen to the music itself to experience the breezy charm of this track. thanks again audrey!
holiday, the new album by alaska in winter, is now out on regular beat.