The Baltimore duo Beach House released their 4th album, Bloom, back in May, and I’ve only started listening to it as of late, but it’s fast becoming one of my favorite albums of the summer. If you’ve never heard of this band, they formed in 2004 and are made up of Alex Scally (guitars and keys), and Victoria Legrand (vocals, organ). The easiest way for me to describe their sound is dreamy pop.
This is one of those albums that can be listened to straight through, as the melodies bleed into one another and in all honesty, every single song is beautiful and like a summer lullaby. Hazy harmonies that feel like you’re relaxing in the sand with the balmy breeze on your skin. This albums has an essence to it.
Listen to what is perhaps my favorite track, “Lazuli,” and tell me this isn’t sort of magical. From 2:36 on, it’s like, Calgon, take me away. As Victoria sings “Like no other, you can’t be replaced,” over and over, for about 2 straight minutes, I feel like it STILL isn’t enough. I want her to keep going (side-note: What with the mad lens flare-age throughout, it looks like J.J. Abrams directed this).
The officially released single from Bloom is “Myth”, which had me at hello.
Tied with “Lazuli” for my favorite track on the album is “Troublemaker,” a lament on a haunting memory, which has a very mild rock vibe. I am addicted to the soft beat dropping. Oh, god, the “someday, out of the blue it will find you” – it just gets me every time I hear it.
“Wild” sounds like it should be the soundtrack to an African safari, while “Other People” and “The Hours” seem as if they were transported from a different time. Check Beach House out anytime you’re up for a melancholic ride into a blissful state of being.
PS: My gateway drug into Beach House was “Norway,” from their 2010 album Teen Dream.