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August 12, 2011  | by: Angela Raiford


Ahead of it’s August 30th release date, NPR is allowing listeners to hear Beirut’s new album, The Rip Tide in entirety.

The Rip Tide seems to take a small cue from each of his previous albums.  For example, a hint of The Joys of Losing Weight can be heard in the track, “Sante Fe.”  However, there is a sense of growth on Beirut’s latest release, and each trace of an old album only points toward a clearer and more imaginative perspective on Beirut’s sound.  Comparing The Rip Tide to the huge, gypsy-inspired The Flying Club Cup (2007), Beirut doesn’t wouldn’t even feel like the same band.

Beirut has extended their tour in support of the album’s upcoming release, and you can find all the information for that on their official website. Along with Zach Condon on the ukele, trumpet, piano and vocals, Beirut is bringing on Perrin Cloutier (accordion, piano), Paul Collins (electric bass, upright bass), Nick Petree (drums) and Kelly Pratt (trumpet, euphonium).

The band has also revealed that The Ripe Tide’s physical release in the United States will be available in three formats. The first is the standard CD digipak, a limited edition deluxe CD in a book styled format, cloth-bound and stamped with gold foil, and lastly a limited edition deluxe LP styled much like the CD, only equipped with a collectible postcard designed by Perrin Cloutier.

Now head over to NPR to listen to The Rip Tide in full!

Are you pre-ordering The Rip Tide? What are your thoughts on Beirut’s new simplicity?

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