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Editor’s Pick #201: The Joys of Losing Weight by Realpeople (Later known as Beirut) by Irina Dvalidze
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Zach Condon of Beirut and The Real People

PREVIEW: STREAM The Joys of Losing Weight by Realpeople

When you were fifteen, you probably did as all teens do: snuck out past midnight, listened to angsty teen hits and complained about the gross school lunch. Well, when Zach Condon was fifteen he recorded an entire album by himself, titling it The Joys of Losing Weight. Makes you feel sub par doesn’t it?

Working under title Realpeople, Condon, who would later become the moving force behind Beirut, recorded the 21-track album in his bedroom. Since the album has never officially been released, there is no album art available and none of the tracks are  titled. The album was completely unavailable to the public, until it leaked online.

Predating Condon’s evolution to the Balkan style arrangements, The Joys of Losing Weight is the original palette from which Beirut would eventually evolve. It is full of electronic sounds layered with Condon’s vodka-drenched voice (yes it sounded like that even when he was fifteen, apparently) and the classic trumpet that this young prodigy has immaculately perfected.

What is most astonishing about this album is not only the fact that Condon could produce such an incredible piece of work at such a young age, but the fact that The Joys of Losing Weight actually rivals most contemporary releases in the maturity of the sound and overall production.

— Irina Dvalidze, Multimedia Editor

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