Beach House, the simplistic Duo from Baltimore, have defined what “dream pop” is. They’re breaking way from what seems to be a rise in their genres popularity.
Beach House had a strong entrance into the music scene in 2010 with their album Teen Dream, which drew critical acclaim. They had a much anticipated release for their fourth album Bloom.
Beach House has improved in each of their past four albums and without a doubt Bloom is their best effort so far.
If you enjoyed Teen Dream, then you’ll be pleased to hear Bloom. It’s almost a continuation of Teen Dream, a sister album but with a much happier feel. The familiar synth drones and drum machines add to their distant sound.
What really pushes Beach House to the top is there original sound, mixing genres from the past 40 years. They’re different, yet familiar sounds add up to a refreshing sound when many bands are losing their originality in today’s music scene.
“Myth,” the lead single and first track, will instantly grab your attention with its catchy riff and upbeat feel—standing tall against an already stacked album.
Every track’s melody draws you in with a strange and eerie feel. Victoria Legrand’s vocals mix so that you sometimes feel the notes she sings rather than hear the words that she says. More of an instrument than a voice at most points.
Lyrically this really helps because their lyrics are a mess. They leave you wondering if they were high or just made them up on the spot while writing their lyrics. But luckily I don’t review based on lyrics.
Beach House delivers each mid-tempo song full of echo and atmosphere.
The music industry pushing for quicker release dates and more filler bands have focused on creating hit singles. Rather than doing this, Beach House has crafted an album where not one but all songs stick out making an album that has quality music.
“Tremelo wild” and “Lazuli” stand out the most as poppy songs that will garner some radio play time because of their catchy choruses and a bit more upbeat feel.
Alex Scally’s reverb filled guitar carries each song with simple but catchy parts. They glimmer with every note from his alternate picking to tremolo guitar lines that capture your attention while not overloading you with noise.
In Teen Dream, Beach House really found themselves musically and have learned from their success turning out one of the best albums of 2012: Bloom.
I give it: Five stars
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