Beirut may be the brainchild of Zach Condon but the collective wouldn't be what it is today without the instrumental expertise of band members Nick Petree, Aaron Arntz, Paul Collins, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz. Beirut is currently promoting their fifth upcoming LP entitled, Gallipoli, named after an Italian town where Condon wrote the album's title track. Gallipoli is expected to hit shelves and streaming platforms everywhere come Feb. 1.
With the album officially on the way, the band has dropped the visuals for their first single entitled, "Landslide" featuring the likes of Game of Thrones actor, Ian Beattie as the video's frontman. Throughout the video, Beattie plays a whimsical knight on a quest to free an enslaved woman of her chains and chastity belt. Beattie struggles to mount his horse in nature-crafted canyons and takes on an adversary for his damsel in distress only for it all to be a fantasy.
Sonically, the punchy semi-distorted organ chords hold the instrumentation together while a lighter piano riff floats throughout the composition. An unexpected distorted bass line is pleasantly presented following the songs introduction bars while a perfectly mixed drum pattern holds listeners' attention. "Landslide" is objectively perfectly executed.