Video Fridays: Beirut

It’s been a few weeks since my last Video Fridays installment, but I came across something this morning that inspired.

I’ve been meaning to recommend NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series, short, informal sets performed in the music offices of NPR. To adapt to the venue, most of the bands render stripped down, mostly acoustic versions of their material (if it wasn’t stripped down and acoustic to begin with), and it’s fun to see how they’ve adapted.

Browsing through the archives you’ll find a wide variety of artists from a wide variety of genres, but Beirut‘s set from back in September 2011 really jumped out at me.

The notes at NPR.org explain how the band had just returned from a long, exhausting weekend at the Bonnaroo music festival, and you can plainly see on their faces and in their body language how tired they are. I find this a refreshing lack of pretension and flash, and when you add in their wonderful blend of Indie Folk and Eastern European music it makes this performance a real treat.

After all, how often do you get to see an Indie band with a French Horn?

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