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Listen to a (Sort of) New Beirut Song, ‘East Harlem’

Folk-indie-pop band Beirut recently said a new album may land sometime this summer, and a new Beirut track, off an upcoming single, is out today. Only, as Pitchfork points out, it's a song — "East Harlem" — that the band has been playing live for years. (On an unofficial live album from Music Hall of Williamsburg, Zach Condon states he "thinks" he wrote it when he was 17.) Still, we're not complaining: "East Harlem" sounds better here than ever. Do you enjoy virtually every Beirut song? Do Eastern-European-inspired instrumentation, Zach Condon's street-poet-like voice, and a warm, sleepy tone do it for you? Then, yep, you'll like this one, too. If you don't already.

Photo: NYM