Beirut Debut Dazzling New Video For ‘The Rip Tide’

Indie-folk powerhouses Beirut recently debuted the official video for “The Rip Tide,” a track from the 2011 album of the same name, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Directed by Houmam Abdallah, the video focuses on the travels of a small sailboat out on the open ocean. Experimentation with light and color quickly engulf the boat, making this clip especially worthy of the fullscreen feature.

Said Beirut frontman Zach Condon of the video:

I always felt that “The Rip Tide” wasn’t fully able to project its own ambitions in song form…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 Rip Tide” is the most recent in a long tradition of evocative videos for Beirut’s music. Read on for a collection of some of the group’s most charming (and sometimes haunting) video accompaniments to their unique blend of world folk.

“Elephant Gun” introduced Beirut with inviting cinematography, dancing, and more fake elephant noses than most bands could ever dream of.

The “Elephant Gun” director, Alma Har’el, returned in the creation of a video for “Postcards From Italy,” a delightfully nostalgic scrapbook of home videos and found footage.

In 2011, Sunset Television crafted a video both funny and heartbreaking for the song “Santa Fe,” from the album The Rip Tide

Earlier this spring, Sunset Television also produced a stunning black and white video for “Vagabond,” with themes of attraction and frustration and heaps of cigarette smoke.

Beirut will be touring Europe and North America for the rest of the year.


Pitchfork: Beirut: “The Rip Tide”

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