For whatever reason I’ve been on quite a Beirut binge lately. I’m not sure what it was that spurred it, but it may have had to do with my trip to New York. I’ve enjoyed his music since the Gulag Orkestar days. I can still remember the day my old co-worker Becca brought the CD into work. She put it on and I thought she was totally crazy. What was this insane, horn inundated Balkan weirdness she was assaulting me with. Over time though we grew to like it, to understand what he was doing, and the rest is history.
Last year Beirut released a new album, The Rip Tide, which seemed to arrive with little fanfare. It was a good album though, but it seemed like there was surprisingly little hubbub around it’s release. Cut to now, nearly 11 months since the albums release, comes a brand new video for the title track directed by Houmam Abdallah. It’s a beautiful video shot on the ocean, featuring a mysterious ship sailing blindly to who knows where. You never see the ship’s crew. Really the only living things you see are the seagulls which fly about it. Then towards the end of the video things get weird in a good way. Brightly colored ink stains come swirling and crashing down from the sky, nearly overwhelming the scene. It’s a lovely yet enigmatic touch that’s rather well done. Perhaps there’s more to this adventure in an upcoming video?