For the first two or so minutes of Beirut’s new video for “The Rip Tide,” you might watch a ship floating nicely on the ocean and be lulled into thinking not much is going to happen.
But if you wait until the 2:50 mark, you’ll see another thing entirely—weightless, rainbow colored clouds descend on the ship and the sky around it, filling the entire frame with colors. The song is the title track from The Rip Tide, which came out last August. The video was directed by Houmam Abdallah.
Frontman Zach Condon posted the following message for the video:
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.
Check out the video below.