It feels like Beirut’s Zach Condon is always popping up in one place or another, adding his signature gypsy-folk horns and/or eternally melancholy voice to his friends’ projects. So it’s a bit tough to remember that Beirut hasn’t put out a full-length album since 2007’s The Flying Club Cup. Sure, 2009’s March of the Zapotec split the gap between Club Cup and now, but still, four years is a long time to keep a popular project relatively quiet.
Well, the wait officially ends on August 30th, 2011, when Condon’s own Pompeii Records releases The Rip Tide. You can hear the first single,
“”East Harlem,” above, which shows the band in fine form, retaining their love of old world arrangements but in support of a slightly more tender melodic approach.
The Rip Tide:
1. A Candle’s Fire
2. Santa Fe
3. East Harlem
5. Payne’s Bay
6. The Rip Tide
8. The Peacock
9. Port of Call
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