Beirut: The Rip Tide

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​When listening to indie folk/pop outfit Beirut, one had quite a lot to take in. Zach Condon -- the brainchild behind the band -- meticulously crafts his melodies with violins, horns and even some ukelele -- or "uke," as the kids call it. The Rip Tide, the third album from Beirut, finds Condon at his most mature -- with both his instrumentation and his songwriting. Due out on August 30, The Rip Tide is quite a sight to behold, if you will -- a journey through baroque-filled, Balkan-inspired melodies.

Lucky for us all, NPR Music has given the album its exclusive first listen treatment, streaming The Rip Tide in its entirety before its release.

The two song arc of the titular "The Rip Tide" and "Vagabond" is easily an album highlight -- the former song's mellow moodiness segues tidily into the latter's jangly, upbeat pianos and brazen horns. It's a subtle dichotomy that Condon has since mastered at this point in his rather celebrated career.

There is plenty of substance spread throughout the entirety of The Rip Tide. "Santa Fe," an homage to Condon's hometown, matches up perfectly with the calculated irreverence of lead single "East Harlem." The Rip Tide is sure to become a favorite album of many, slowly becoming a perfect remedy to the long, dog days of late summer.

The Rip Tide is out 8/30 via Pompeii Records and is streaming in its entirety via NPR Music. Track list is as follows:

01 A Candle's Fire
02 Santa Fe
03 East Harlem
04 Goshen
05 Payne's Bay
06 The Rip Tide
07 Vagabond
08 The Peacock
09 Port of Call

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Keith Moore
Keith Moore

Totally agree with this review (although my favorite tracks are "Goshen" with its spare piano and "A Candle's Fire"). The horns in particular are so well done and add such great feel to the music. Full review here:

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