The new album from Beirut, one of independent music’s most intelligent and consistently great artists, was due to come out in late August. The Rip Tide was certainly at the very top of our long list of highly-anticipated albums to be released in the next 2-3 months. Apparently, however, we will not have to wait that long. The news was released Tuesday that it will instead be released (at least in digital format) in one week, on August 2. This move was likely made in response to an internet leak, as most release date bump-ups are. We are grateful here at theanimalscankillyou, and it will likely actually work in Beirut’s favor, as August 2 figured to be a fairly slow week in indie music. The only artist he will be competing with directly on that date is Moonface, the solo project of Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug. Then again, he didn’t have much competition on the 30th either, so maybe that’s a wash. Either way, check in next week for a full review of The Rip Tide, which I’m sure will be a phenomenal album.