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Alternative & Indie - Released May 15, 2012 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 11, 2018 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 28, 2015 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 26, 2010 | Sub Pop Records

There wasn't much room for Beach House to improve on Devotion, so they improved the room in which they made Teen Dream. Recorded in a converted church with producer/engineer Chris Coady -- who has also worked with TV on the Radio and Blonde Redhead -- Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally's Sub Pop debut echoes with a dark lushness that's more like a beach mansion than a mere house. The slightly squalid sound quality of Beach House and Devotion had a cloistered charm, as if the band had to record those albums not just on the cheap, but in secret. On Teen Dream, however, the hugeness previously implied in Legrand's lyrics and luscious vocals is made real, like tuning in Beach House at their full frequency. The duo's mix of retro electronics and chiming guitars is still as dreamlike and distinctive as ever; if anything, the tinny taps and hisses of their drum machine are even more present in Teen Dream's pristine settings, making the contrast between them and the molten slide guitars and rippling keyboards on "Norway" even more vivid. Beach House's songwriting is also more focused, with Devotion highlights such as "You Came to Me" and "Heart of Chambers" serving as templates for the album's elegant longing. As Teen Dream's title implies, Scally and Legrand are wry and wise enough to know better about idealizing love, and romantic enough to still believe in it. "Zebra" positively swoons, while "Walk in the Park," with its graceful coda and chorus lament "In a matter of time/it will slip from my mind/In and out of my life/you would slip from my mind," makes losing sound beautiful, even if it's anything but a walk in the park. Despite the wintry sorrow that dominates songs like "Used to Be" and "Better Times," Beach House lets a little hope into the album with "10 Mile Stereo" and "Real Love." Beautiful and heartfelt, Teen Dream reaffirms that Legrand and Scally are among the best purveyors of languidly lovelorn songs since Mazzy Star. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 28, 2015 | Sub Pop Records

Through an amazing run of albums the Baltimore duo Beach House, formed in 2004, have positioned themselves as one of the most reliable forces in contemporary pop. This reputation is well deserved, and on their most recent record, Depression Cherry, they continue to lead music lovers into meditative, dreamlike states. Beach House have long had an obsession for classic 80s acts, borrowing the decade’s aesthetic by coating their melodic genius under layers of weightless guitars and rhythmic chloroforms… The shadows of the Cocteau Twins (albeit more sparse), My Bloody Valentine (albeit less loud), and Neil Young’s Harvest Moon (albeit less hairy) hang above the band’s universe. There is a sublime love of melancholy that unites both the voice of Victoria Legrand (the niece of Michel) and the lush harmonies sculpted by Alex Scally. This, their fifth album, is once again the perfect soundtrack to a waking dream; lush, romantic, and evanescent, it is musical sleepwalking. One might ask, then, have Beach House achieved anything new? Not exactly: Depression Cherry is more concerned with the band reaching perfection in their style of song-writing. Each of the nine tracks on this dream-pop disc is a marvel of construction. Magical.
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 30, 2017 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 23, 2018 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 6, 2015 | Sub Pop Records

We’ve barely had time to taste, appreciate, and digest the wonderful Depression Cherry, and we find that Beach House have released another new album! There were only fifty days between these two records! Thank Your Lucky Stars, the sixth album from the Baltimore duo, was recorded alongside Depression Cherry, but, as they put it themselves, ‘for us it is a very different album. All of the songs were written after those on Depression Cherry. We wanted those to be heard first by listeners, before this new record’. On first listen, one finds as strong a collection of songs as any disc in the Beach House catalogue, but the sound is much more lo-fi, and much less ample. It serves as a return to the duo’s early years… There is present the sublime melancholy that we have come to love in the voice of Victoria Legrand (the niece of Michel), and in the harmonies of Alex Scally, which seem much more intimate here than on Depression Cherry. The dreamy-pop of Thank Your Lucky Stars offers us an atypical minimalism, a real point of departure for the band, but the record remains just as captivating as its predecessor. © MD/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 1, 2008 | Apple Orchard Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 15, 2012 | Apple Orchard Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 15, 2012 | Sub Pop Records

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"It's a strange paradise," Victoria LeGrand sings at one point on Beach House's fourth album Bloom, and there isn't a more apt description of the beautifully heartbroken mood that she and Alex Scally create here. Reuniting with Teen Dream engineer Chris Coady, the duo designed the album to be listened to as a whole, and fittingly, it often feels more like a suite than a collection of songs. This ambition is admirable, but it also means that it takes a while for individual moments to emerge from the album's beautiful haze. Indeed, Bloom may be Beach House's most sonically gorgeous album yet, with an icy sheen that doesn't warm up much, even when recordings of locusts and seagulls show up between tracks; it's easy to imagine LeGrand exhaling clouds of mist while singing the backing vocals on "Lazuli." While the endearing, sometimes awkward intimacy of Beach House's earlier work -- which felt like LeGrand was crooning confessions over creaky, vintage keyboards and drum machines just for you -- is missed, Bloom's shimmering remoteness enhances the album's philosophical, searching approach to love and loss. It's a mood and setting perfect for LeGrand's vocals, which have never sounded richer or more world-weary: "What comes after this momentary bliss? Help me to name it," she calls out on the opening track "Myth," a sentiment echoed later by "Wishes," where she wonders, "How's it supposed to feel?" Emotional moments such as these take their time to emerge, but when they do, they're riveting, particularly on "Troublemaker," which recalls Beach House's previous albums in its delicate dance between sad, stark verses and more hopeful choruses, and on the beautifully resigned "Irene," where a whimsical keyboard melody offsets and underscores the feeling of loss at the same time. Since Bloom's suite-like flow downplays Beach House's poppy side (with the notable exceptions "Other People" and "The Hours"), it's not the band's most immediate music, but the album's challenging mix of heartbroken words and aloof sounds rewards patient and repeated listening. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 28, 2015 | Apple Orchard Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 30, 2017 | Sub Pop Records

It's written on the sleeve: B-Sides and Rarities. But this summer 2017 release is not just for hardcore Beach House fans, as the pieces brought together on this compilation give a good account of the talent of this Baltimore duo who specialise in dream pop. Like a nice introduction for novices... 2015 was a good year for Beach House fans. With two excellent albums just 50 days apart (Depression Cherry followed by Thank Your Lucky Stars), the sublime melancholy that is carried on the voice of Victoria Legrand (niece of Michel) and in the harmonies of Alex Scally offered a nicely varied palette of tones. The mixed bag suggested by the title B-Sides and Rarities isn't really what you get. Fourteen songs gleaned from across the length of their career, with in particular two unreleased numbers: Chariot and Baseball Diamond. " When we announced that we were releasing a B-sides and rarities album the pair relate, someone on Twitter asked, ‘B-sides record? Why would Beach House put out a B-sides record? Their A-sides are like B-sides.’ This random person has a point. Our goal has never been to make music that is explicitly commercial. Over the years, as we have worked on our 6 LPs, it wasn’t the ‘best’ or most catchy songs that made the records, just the ones that fit together to make a cohesive work. Accordingly, our B-sides are not songs that we didn’t like as much, just ones that didn’t have a place on the records we were making.. " © CM/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 16, 2015 | Apple Orchard Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 24, 2010 | Sub Pop Records

Alternative & Indie - Released March 20, 2012 | Sub Pop Records

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