Video: Beirut – “The Rip Tide”

Beirut evocatively brings “The Rip Tide” to life with beautiful video

If you were as taken with Beirut’s lovely 2011 album as I was, you should find satisfaction in the new video for The Rip Tide‘s gorgeously entrancing title track. The majestic imagery of the lone sailboat floating amidst an endless ocean swathed in rich hues is beautifully crafted by director Houmam Abdallah. Beirut frontman Zach Condon had this to say about the desire to make a visual representation of “The Rip Tide”:

“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.”

Watch the video for “The Rip Tide”:

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