The Flying Club Cup

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The Flying Club Cup
The Flying Club Cup.jpg
Studio album by Beirut
Released October 9, 2007
Genre Balkan folk, indie folk, baroque pop
Length 38:35
Label Ba Da Bing!, 4AD
Beirut chronology
Elephant Gun EP
The Flying Club Cup
March of the Zapotec/Holland EP
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Billboard (favorable) [2]
Filter (91%) [3]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10) [4]
Q 4/5 stars [5]
Rockfeedback 4/5 stars [6]
Robert Christgau 2.5/5 stars [7]
Stylus A− [8]
Virgin Media 4.5/5 stars [9]

The Flying Club Cup is the second studio album by Balkan folk-influenced indie folk band Beirut, released on October 9, 2007 on 4AD Records. The album was released on iTunes on September 4, 2007.

The album features string arrangements by Arcade Fire contributor Owen Pallett, better known by his former stage name Final Fantasy.[10]


Condon said about the name and inspiration for the album: "Back in the early 1900s...there used to be this hot air balloon festival in Paris—[the album's] titled after that and after this very bizarre 1910 photo I found [by Léon Gimpel]. It's one of the first color photos ever made, at the World's Fair, and it...shows all these ancient hot air balloons about to take off in the middle of Paris. I just thought it was the most surreal image I'd seen in a long time." He also said about the album sound: "I was listening to a lot of Jacques Brel and French chanson music—pop songs shrouded in big, glorious, over-the-top arrangements and all this drama—and that was in some sense unfamiliar territory to me. So I started buying new instruments and relying on things I wasn't necessarily comfortable with, like French horns and euphoniums, carrying these big, epic big brass parts that I used to do all on trumpets, and working with accordion and organ instead of all ukulele—very much throwing myself in the world of classical pop music, I guess you could say."

According to the program notes given out during Beirut's performance at The Society for Ethical Culture in New York on September 24, 2007, each song on the album is intended to evoke a different French city (although Guaymas, Sonora is a Mexican city).

The album's second track, Nantes, was sampled on the 2012 10 Day mixtape from American rapper Chance the Rapper.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Zach Condon, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Call to Arms"     0:18
2. "Nantes"     3:50
3. "A Sunday Smile"     3:35
4. "Guyamas Sonora"     3:31
5. "La Banlieue"     1:57
6. "Cliquot"   Zach Condon/Owen Pallett 3:51
7. "The Penalty"     2:22
8. "Forks and Knives (La Fête)"     3:33
9. "In the Mausoleum"     3:10
10. "Un Dernier Verre (Pour la Route)"   Zach Condon/Kendrick Strauch 2:51
11. "Cherbourg"     3:33
12. "St. Apollonia"     2:58
13. "The Flying Club Cup"     3:05
Total length:


The whole album has been shot by La Blogothèque in Brooklyn. Each track filmed as a Take Away Show, available on the site of the album.


The following people contributed to The Flying Club Cup:[12]


Additional Musicians