Gulag Orkestar is the debut album of Beirut. It was recorded in 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is written in the booklet that the front and back photos were found in a library in Leipzig, torn out of a book. The original photographer was unknown to the creators of the album while it was recorded, but has since been discovered to be Sergey Chilikov. The album has received great critical acclaim and was later re-released to include the Lon Gisland EP. The Gulag was a Soviet government agency administering forced labor camps, while orkestar is the Serbo-Croatian word for "orchestra". Read more on Last.fm.
The Flying Club Cup is the second album by Beirut. It was prereleased on September 4, 2007 on iTunes, and was officially released by 4AD Records on October 9 of that year. The album was leaked onto the internet on August 26, 2007. It features string arrangements by Owen Pallett, better known by his stage name Final Fantasy, and was mastered by Griffin Rodriguez. 1. "A Call to Arms" - 0:18 2. "Nantes" - 3:50 3. "A Sunday Smile" - 3:36 4. "Guyamas Sonora" - 3:31 5. "La Banlieue" - 1:58 6. "Cliquot" (Zach Condon, Owen Pallett) - 3:52 7. "The Penalty" - 2:22 8. "Forks and Knives (La Fête)" - 3:34 9. "In the Mausoleum" - 3:11 10. "Un Dernier Verre (Pour la Route)" (Zach Condon, Kendrick Strauch) - 2:51 11. "Cherbourg" - 3:33 12. "St. Apollonia" - 2:59 13. "The Flying Club Cup" - 3:05
March of the Zapotec/Holland is a double EP by Beirut. March of the Zapotec contains music influenced by Zach Condon's recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. The Jimenez Band, a 19-piece band from Teotitlán del Valle, is backing Condon on this EP. March of the Zapotec also features one of Condon's favorite works, "The Shrew." Holland contains electronic music, credited to "Realpeople", one of Condon's pre-Beirut pseudonyms. On January 23, the EPs leaked to file-sharing networks, and four days later, on January 27, the iTunes US and UK stores made the album available for purchase. Despite this being almost a month before the album was expected to be released, Condon has not made any statements regarding this inconsistency.