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Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Tags: space, sound, outer

Album “Devotion” scored 8.5

Beach House’s songwriting hasn’t fundamentally changed on their second record: Their delicate, lovelorn pop still comes in the form of deathly waltzes and dark pastoral dirges on which Legrand sings a…

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  • KCRW's Jason Bentley

    KCRW's Jason Bentley on Beach House

    almost 2 years ago

    Played "Wild" 08/26/2013 9:42 am

  • Louder Than That

    Louder Than That on Beach House

    almost 2 years ago

    -Conclusion: Already at the first stages of my obsession over this band, I can safely say that I place their newest album Beach House up there beside my love for The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. According to the numerous articles and reviews I've read about them, this is the kind of band that mainly focuses on Tone and Sound With this in mind, it's easy to see how much work was put into their album Teen Dreams, with the amount of intricacy beyond the vocals. They (Alex + Victoria) are both said to be very particular with what they like, so it's interesting to see the product of two perfectionists with different but obviously similar desires, finding and perfecting such a beautifully put album. Thank you Beach House, I need to see you guys live! more at LouderThanThat

  • No Ripcord

    No Ripcord on Beach House

    almost 2 years ago

    #23 While some critics argued that Bloom didn’t surprise us or blow our skirts up with new hooks, most were comforted by Beach House’s consistency in the dream pop world. Why would you want to wake up from this dream to begin with?...full article here

  • No Ripcord

    No Ripcord on Beach House

    almost 2 years ago

    #23 While some critics argued that Bloom didn’t surprise us or blow our skirts up with new hooks, most were comforted by Beach House’s consistency in the dream pop world. Why would you want to wake up from this dream to begin with?...full article here

  • Obscure Sound Best 2012

    Obscure Sound Best 2012 on Beach House

    almost 2 years ago

    #4 When I saw Beach House in Central Park this past summer, there was a moment amid the pounding rain and clamoring thunder when singer Victoria Legrand took to the microphone in between songs, and pronounced “Fuck mother nature!” Just a few seconds later, a bright lightning bolt erupted from the sky, and the crowd burst into applause...full article here

  • Rolling Stone Reviews

    Rolling Stone Reviews on Beach House

    almost 2 years ago

    3.5 Stars
    Beach House rec­ords live up to their name: They're cozy retreats where you can curl up in warm, droning, reverb-drenched tunes and watch jellyfish bob in the surf. But on Bloom, the Baltimore duo's fourth album, there's a bitch of a storm blowing in. more at rollingstone.com

  • Pitchfork Best 2012

    Pitchfork Best 2012 on Beach House

    about 2 years ago

    #7 You can't blame Volkswagen for trying. Around the same time Beach House released their fourth album, the German carmaker used music suspiciously resembling the reverie-revering Baltimore duo's in a U.K. commercial...full article here

  • Pop Matters Best 2012

    Pop Matters Best 2012 on Beach House

    about 2 years ago

    #4 It’s presumptuous but not farfetched to predict that 2013 will be the year of Beach House. Just like the Arcade Fire two years ago—best album Grammy, sold out world tours, deluxe album reissue—Beach House seems poised for mainstream success. Bloom, the Baltimore duo’s fourth LP, sold more than 40,000 copies the first week it was released, and for good reason...full article here

  • Pretty Much Amazing Best 2012

    Pretty Much Amazing Best 2012 on Beach House

    about 2 years ago

    #15 Like overt symbolism on an episode of Mad Men, Beach House might be showing its hand by naming its album Bloom. There’s really no more fitting description of what happens in their music – it sprawls out, growing in new directions, swirling and spiraling into different variations on the same, beautiful song...full article here

  • Buzz Bands LA

    Buzz Bands LA on Beach House

    about 2 years ago

    There's probably a lot of symbolism we're not getting in Beach House new video for "Wishes." Either that, or director Eric Wareheim is riffing on things we might read as big metaphors. Whatever. The video is an fantasy halftime show at the sporting event featuring actor Ray Wise looking oh-so-reverent amid acrobats and dancers, playing to a strange crowd all wrapped up in the moment. The Super Bowl halftime should have been this whimsical, or at least less bloated. Or, it should have had Beach House's "Bloom" as a soundtrack. ||| Live: Beach House plays April more here

  • TheOwlMag

    TheOwlMag on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Artist: Beach House Album: Devotion Label: Carpark Records Genre: Indie Rock, Rock/Pop Rating: Buy it >>

    Ghostly haunts and dream-like showers create an easily digestible motion of vocal romance on Beach House’s latest opus, Devotion.

    Imagine Ronnie Spector stepping up to the mic with Brian Wilson at the recording helm. Beach House, and to a greater extent, Victoria Legrand’s vocals create a familiar depth and fragility for this duo’s collection of smart, elegant pop.

    With Devotion, we aren’t witness to a great leap or stylist departure from their debut, but a few tracks like “Gila” rely more on subtle nuances of bluesy 60′s pop. Heavy reverb, attributed to a probable passion for Mazzy Star – minus the drama-induced coma – adds an element of darkness to the Beach House lens. When lit properly, however, their artistic vision for baroque pop is mesmerizing as we hear throughout “Heart of Chambers” and “D.A.R.L.I.N.G.”

    Devotion is intoxicating. It might single-handedly reassure music fans that the album format isn’t dead. Without all 11 tracks fused together, working toward the same elegance, Beach House wouldn’t be important – better yet – they wouldn’t exist. But, string together their luscious love for Beach Boys’ melody and multi-layered rhythms, and this Baltimore-based duo makes it sound so necessary.

    - Review submitted by Carnie Fulton.

    more at theowlmag.com

  • TheOwlMag

    TheOwlMag on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Beach House Bloom [Sub Pop]

    After the relative commercial success of 2010’s Teen Dream, the Baltimore-based duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally were thrust to the forefront of the dream-pop sound. They don’t deviate much from the transfixing quality of the genre with their fourth full length, Bloom.

    Bloom, seems to fit the title of the album. As it is filled with beautiful and haunting layers that slowly reveal itself with each song and every listen. “Lazuli” is synth and guitar synergy wrapped in Legrand’s effortlessly airy delivery. “Other People” is catchy dream-pop bliss. “All I wanted comes in colors, vanish everyday,” laments Legrand on the mesmerizing “New Year.” Beach House’s true talents lie in how much pleasantry they can invoke, even with a steady stream of melodies swirling with melancholy.

    Bloom, finds Legrand and Scally furthering their place in the dream-pop space. Each track is an exploration into the aural world Beach House has painted for us, inviting us to take it all in and come visit for awhile. A captivating and lovely listen, from beginning to end.

    more at theowlmag.com

  • Buzz Bands LA

    Buzz Bands LA on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Swedish director Johan Renck , who has done visuals for the music of Fever Ray, Madonna and Robyn (among others) and has helmed episodes of "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead," takes the Beach House song "Wild" to a dark place, where sex and betrayal beget anger and violence. Beautifully done. Not much else to say, it would have been nice if whoever posted it to YouTube would have spelled the director's name right. more here

  • NME Recommended Albums

    NME Recommended Albums on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Beach House - 'Bloom' scored 7 / 10 On their last album, ‘Teen Dream’, Beach House managed the transition to indie-darling status with uncommon grace. Abandoning the music-box murk of their first two records, the Baltimore dream-poppers used a lick of gloss to confirm what fans already knew: that, like Dickens’ Miss Havisham as played by Gillian Anderson, they were total foxes under that fusty bridal....more at nme.com

  • Pitchfork Best New Tracks

    Pitchfork Best New Tracks on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Beach House: "Norway"

    Just a year ago the Baltimore-based duo was squatting at an emotionally chilly latitude. Songs like "Gila", from the group's sophomore record Devotion , were driven onward only by the glacial ticking of a paper-thing drum machine and Victoria Legrand's smoky voice. Had David Lynch required a house band to play in "Twin Peaks"' Black Lodge, Beach House would have been a shoo-in. But "Norway", the lead track from Teen Dream , the duo's Sub Pop debut, raises the temperature a few degrees. A percussive intro yields to an explosion of twinkling guitars and a chorus of woozy backing vocals. The core elements of....[from Teen Dream , out 01/26/10 in the U.S. on Sub Pop and 01/25/10 in the UK on Bella Union ; also from the "Norway" single, out 01/11/10 in the UK on Bella Union]

    more at pitchfork.com

  • Buzz Bands LA

    Buzz Bands LA on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Like their previous three albums, Baltimore dream machinists Beach House elevate listeners to some sort of astral plane on their fourth effort, "Bloom." The effects-laden, Allen Cordell-directed video for the single "Lazuli" takes their sound into the surreal, playing with perception and reality. The magic trick that will earn the most applause from L.A. fans, however, is that — poof! — Beach House has scheduled a return trip to SoCal in September. ||| Live: Beach House plays the El Rey Theatre on July 3 (sold out). They also play the Wiltern on Sept. more here

  • Buzz Bands LA

    Buzz Bands LA on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    This makes for a pretty terrific Tuesday: â–º Beach House and Wild Nothing team up to do a (very) sold-out show at the El Rey Theatre. â–º Lyle Lovett visits the Wiltern behind his new album "Release Me," which came out in February. â–º Barry Manilow and the L.A. Philharmonic do a second night of hits and patriotic tunes amid fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl. â–º Sibling-powered electro-poppers Blondfire (that's Erica and Bruce Driscoll, pictured) kick off a residency at the Central SAPC, more here

  • Buzz Bands LA

    Buzz Bands LA on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    ► Spirit Animal , the NYC-based purveyors of electro punk ’n’ funk who have a new EP, "This Is a Test" on the way in November, visit the Satellite, supported by Jutty Ranx and Busy Living . Spirit Animal's new song "Love Crime" is featured today on RollingStone.com . That's Jutty Ranx's video for "I See You," above. ► Beach House visits L.A. behind its acclaimed May release "Bloom," doing the first of two nights at the Wiltern ► Cabaret-punk provocateur and fan-funding phenom Amanda Palmer , along with her more here

  • Buzz Bands LA

    Buzz Bands LA on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Igniting a large room like the Wiltern would be a daunting task for dream-pop novices, but Baltimore’s Beach House refused to allow Wednesday’s capacity crowd to experience anything less than dizzying and surreal. As the spotlight shined down on lead vocalist Victoria Legrand only to show her silhouette during the opening measures of “Wild,” it foreshadowed a romantic evening. The fiery affair that Legrand, Alex Scally and Daniel Franze pursued throughout the second of their two-night at the Wiltern made for a passionate seduction that left fans swooning. As the trio swept the audience back in more here

  • Quit Mumbling

    Quit Mumbling on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    As seems to be this trend this week , we are gifted with another unexpected but much welcomed release, this time from the band of beautiful lullabies- Beach House. "Myth" appeared on their website last night and may be the first tease from an eagerly awaited new album. The song holds true to every bit of glimmering production found on Teen Dream. A well acquainted lush atmosphere is set up by a shimmering guitar walk down, while Legrand's vocals add new level of peace to the track. The song shows a temptation to pick up with a pop-drum more here

  • Quit Mumbling

    Quit Mumbling on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    I can't be logical about Beach House. Ever since they released "Myth" at the beginning of the month to announce their fourth LP Bloom , I've spun out into an uncontrollable binge. The existence, the ability of their music to clear and reset makes no sense, and the second track off the upcoming album only solidifies the sheer wonder. The husk and comfort in Victoria Legrand's weightless vocals, and Alex Scally's damn graceful, though piercing guitar blend in this mystical way that always feels like a perfectly-timed day spent alone in nature, and have come more here

  • Quit Mumbling

    Quit Mumbling on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    For those unable to wait for the release of "Lazuli" this weekend on record store day, the hipster holiday has come early. Beach House's lastest preview to their upcoming fifth album breathes more of the same hypnotic energy, helping turn this hot L.A. day into a sign of good times. If the above pic of the record doesn't convince you to buy, you either don't have a heart or you just lack a soft spot for colored vinyl. more here

  • Quit Mumbling

    Quit Mumbling on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Beach House put out colored vinyl "Lazuli" for Record Store Day last week, and the b-side is non-album track "Equal Mind" that won't be included with the release of Bloom next month. You can kind of hear how it doesn't quite fit with the others , but it's still Beach House, and it still transports you out of the moment. The verses build on Victoria Legrand's familiar vocals, but heads towards a repetitive chorus that doesn't feel fully fleshed out, despite warm guitar lines and an emotional core that cuts through words like "silhouette" and "accident." more here

  • Quit Mumbling

    Quit Mumbling on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    We first heard glimpses of Beach House's 2010 standout Teen Dream in late 2009. Fast forward one year, and the album is getting praises from every corner of the online music world. It seems fitting then that we share this performance of "Zebra" in a fur lined practice space that definitely resembles a winter wonderland. [via Pitchfork.tv] more at elbo.ws

  • Pitchfork Best Albums

    Pitchfork Best Albums on Beach House

    over 2 years ago

    Album "Devotion" scored 8.5

    Beach House's songwriting hasn't fundamentally changed on their second record: Their delicate, lovelorn pop still comes in the form of deathly waltzes and dark pastoral dirges on which Legrand sings a...

    more at pitchfork.com

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