The title track from last year’s Beirut LP The Rip Tide finally gets the seafaring video of Zach Condon’s dreams. It’s directed by Houmam Abdallah and comes with an explanatory note from Mr. Condon — though the most important note of all for the impatient is to sit tight until the three minute mark. Once you do that, you will get why I now call this song “The Rip Tie-Die.”
You get it.
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.
The Rip Tide is an album.