Indie-folk outfit Beirut attempt a retreat from the beach in hopes of curing their summertime blues in the somber but sardonic new video for “Gibraltar.”
Directed by Brother Willis, the clip finds singer-songwriter Zach Condon and percussionist Nick Petree trying to salvage the last vestiges of summer on a gray, windy trash-strewn beach. Hoping to discover more scenic surroundings, the pair grab their drums and luggage and set out across the sand, picking up bassist Paul Collins — and his sole speaker and Styrofoam cooler — along the way.
The song’s peppy percussion and piano progression, which pull against Condon’s melancholic vocals, are a perfect soundtrack for the group’s journey, which ultimately reaches a post-modern conclusion. “Gibraltar” is set to appear on Beirut’s new record, No No No, out September 11th via 4AD. The new video follows the equally droll clip for the title-cut — also directed by Brother Willis — in which the band buttons up for an increasingly surreal faux television performance.
No No No marks Beirut’s first album since 2011’s Rip Tide and was recorded last winter in Brooklyn, as Pitchfork reports. The LP arose after Condon went through a difficult divorce, and suffered a mental and physical breakdown in 2013. In a statement, however, the frontman noted the album was equally inspired by the beginning of a new relationship.
Following the release of No No No, Beirut will tour Europe through September, then kick off a North American trek at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 1st. A homecoming gig at the Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand in Santa Fe, New Mexico will follow on October 4th. A complete list of dates is available on the band’s website.