We've had a musical crush on Zach Condon of Beirut since he was an 18 year old kid recording Gulag Orkestar in his mom's basement in New Mexico. And his newest release, The Rip Tide, has absolutely sent us over the moon. Known for his lyrics which weave imaginary tales of strangers lives, on The Rip Tide Condon took a huge departure, and a huge risk, by turning his focus inward. This is a collection of his most personal songs to date, accompanied by his characteristic old-world folk instrumentation. If you haven't already fallen madly in love with Beirut, this album will seal the deal.