Watch New Beirut Video of "Old" Song


Title track from last
year’s acclaimed album.


By Blurt Staff


It’s been a year since Beirut’s
album The Rip Tide, but with Zach
Condon & Co. in the middle of a fairly heavy touring schedule – they’re in
Europe this week, then on July 13 kick off a fresh two-month tour that will
take them across North America and then back to Europe again – it’s a good
enough time as any to release a new video. Below, the Houmam Abdallah-directed
clip for “The Rip Tide.”


Condon, in fact, told Pitchfork a little about why they’re
just now tackling that title track anew, saying, “I always felt that “The
Rip Tide” wasn’t fully able to project its own ambitions in song form.. no
matter how it was performed or recorded, it felt contained by sound alone… I
wanted more, as I often do with my music, and this is not a bad thing. Growing
to accept a song’s limits is part of
the process of creating and loving them. Which was why I was so excited to see
what Houmam had dug into when he picked “The Rip Tide” out of all
others for a video. The concept fit,
and the product brought the song somewhere that I had only been able to
describe to myself, now available for others to see and feel it much more as I
had in the process of writing it.”



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