The past week has brought plenty of good news about new albums. For me, receiving press releases for St Vincent, She Keeps Bees and new faves King Post Kitsch has been pretty exciting, but then these were all eclipsed on Tuesday with the news of the new Beirut album Rip Tide, due out on 29 August. Of course we knew something was coming after last Friday’s announcement of the East Harlem/ Goshen single which came out on Monday, but it was good to hear all the same. After playing my new 7 inch last night, I’ve now heard two of the nine tracks on Rip Tide, and they bode well for the rest of the album. Classic Beirut, with slightly less emphasis on the Balkan/Mexican horn orchestras. Four years on from March of the Zapotec / Realpeople Holland it’s time to get excited about Beirut again.