ALBUM REVIEW: BEACH HOUSE – BLOOM

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Baltimore duo Beach House release their fourth stunning masterpiece Bloom tomorrow in the UK. Recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillio, Texas, the collection of euphoric harmonies lingers on every cord, continuing their rare signature sound beautifully.

Vocalist Victoria Legrand describes the album as ‘an irreplaceable power of imagination as it relates to the intense experience of living.’ Couldn’t have said it better myself. The album sets sail on an adventure of psychedelic fantasy, radiating emotion with an unconscious sense of relaxation, beginning with opener ‘Myth.’ Guitarist Alex Scally builds with airy guitar chords, alongside tapping drums and piano melodies, casting the dramatic, cinematic atmosphere of the record. Victoria’s angelic voice compliments the chilling lyrics, ‘You can’t keep hangin’ on, to all that’s dead and gone’ and ‘Do you lie? Oh let the ashes fly, help me to make it.’ Though it may seem like a morbid track, it radiates purity, emitting a sense of tranquility and freedom.

Fetching dreamy pop ‘Wild’ and ‘Other People’, reminisces back to the comfort zone of Teen Dream. ‘Troublemaker’ is almost theatrical and deeply enchanting by the eloquence and grace of Victoria’s vocals. Followed by mesmerising ‘Wishes,’ which commands full attention with it’s intense waves of guitar at 2:20. Epic ‘Irene’ is a comforting listen, a lullaby of mystery and an essence of romance with breathy vocals to make for a grande finale.

Following huge success from their last album Teen Dream (2010), which reached number 3 in NME’S Best Albums of the Year as well as featuring in various Best-of-Year lists. This album has been highly anticipated by Beach House fans. The Baltimore-based twosome constructed their album based on spontaneous inspiration, whilst on the road for the past two years. The effortless elements of charm and beauty transcend throughout the album unified by melodic tones and flickering guitar chords. Possibly their best work as of yet, even Beach House naysayers will struggle to say this album is boring.

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Bloom is out on May 14th on Sub Pop. You can pre-order from Amazon here. In the mean time, you can listen to ‘Myth’ below:

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  • Will Sutherland

    Great review!!

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