Beirut’s new-ish album The Rip Tide is the music equivalent to a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate pudding at the end of a long day, or, if it’s just me wanting to devour the album whole, a walk on the beach on a sunny Sunday. In fact, the album is an ultimate Sunday mix. I’m not usually one for folk, but with Zach’s gorgeous lulling voice combined with almost jazzy acoustics, The Rip Tide could be played to get you up in the morning, or send you to sleep at night (or in my case, both).
The single, ‘East Harlem’, was released earlier this year, and truly is perfection. The soft brass and playful rhythm is enough to make anyone want to get up and dance, that is of course, if you aren’t left weak at the knees. And as if the single hadn’t left me wobbly enough, the recent release of album has sent me into pure jelly heaven. The whole album is exquisite, with the track ‘Goshen’ coming out tops for me, as the boys yet again nail the acoustics with the subtle drum rolls threading the angelic melody and gentle piano together beautifully. If that’s not chocolate pudding material…I don’t know what is.
By Hatty Farnham
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