The EP's and the albums of Beirut are largely the work of Zach Condon. Condon was a straight A student until he dropped out of high school at age 16 to travel europe in a drunken haze, cavorting and partying with the locals wherever he ended up. It was on one of these nights where he was first exposed to Balkan music, blasting from the upstairs apartment was the Boban Markovic Orkestar. Condon ended up with the Serbians all night, going through albums country by country, note for note. You could say that this was Condons stepping stool into the world of music and he went on to form a band of his own making use of a total of 16 instruments. His voice is unbelievable and the band itself is pure magic.