Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Beirut releases new record “The Rip Tide”

    I have always been a sucker for a good horn section, they just seem to pick up where the strings leave off and almost seem to breathe life into songs where life was lacking, and with the band Beirut you not only get the horns, you get the accordion (a very underrated rock and roll instrument) you are also served up some piano, ukulele, mandolin, glockenspiel, violin, cello, tambourine...the list is endless, but rounding it all out is this mesmerizing voice of Zach Condon , a voice that is an instrument all of its own.  

    Now after two full length releases and a few singles Condon and his band of wildly accomplished musicians are staying the course musically on their latest release “The Rip Tide”. Track by track “The Rip Tide” takes you on journey’s that only music can. East Harlem is a track that has buried itself in my head and will not leave, that is a statement that applies to pretty much every track on this record. Port Of Call takes me away from my daily troubles and places me far away where they cannot find me, with lyrics like: you’re the face in stone, through the land I own, you never found it home, you’re not the girl I used to know from the track Goshen .It’s not hard to see why Zach Condon is not only a gifted songwriter but storyteller, one that we have been waiting for to grace our turntables for some time. 

  I will be the first one to admit it that after the first 6 seconds or so of A Candle’s Fire the lead off track from Beirut’s third full length album “The Rip Tide” I wanted to clap, and I mean clap in that flamenco dancer style, then by about half way through I was reflecting on everything that is good and bad in my life….this record weaves moods and tales from beginning to end.

The Rip Tide Track Listing

A Candle’s Fire
Santa Fe
East Harlem
Payne’s Bay
The Rip Tide
The Peacock
Port Of Call

LABEL: Ba Da Bing Records/Pompeii Records

 Check out the track "East Harlem"

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

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