May 28, 2023
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Unusual calm from Beirut

While a band named after the capital city of Lebanon might inspire thoughts of turmoil in the Middle East, Beirut’s new album, “The Rip Tide,” is an indie rock release with a complex but serene sound.

The first track on the album, “A Candle’s Fire,” has simplistic lyrics that represent the group’s style by showcasing its multi-talented members. The song begins with a basic accordion melody that quickly builds to the upbeat percussion and brass sound, highlighting lead singer Zach Condon’s trained voice. The group blends a trumpet, accordion, ukulele, piano, drums, percussion, electric bass, euphonium, trombone and tuba with harmonies and tones that emphasize their level of musicality.

While fans may think this array of instruments and sounds could be chaotic, the warm tones and folk-rock beats make for a calming collection.