The Baltimore-based dream pop duo Beach House released their fourth LP May 15th via Sub Pop, following their critically acclaimed 2010 release Teen Dream. The predecessor was thought to be unbeatable, to my amazement, Bloom sprung up and surpassed all expectations.
Beach House is considered under the experimental, dreamy genres Shoegaze/Dream Pop. For those unaware, the Shoegazing genre began in 80’s due to bands with little movement during live performances, who literally stared at their shoes. The more detailed explanation shows us they used a lot of dreamy, experimental sounds including a heavy usage of effect pedals, subsequently leading their eyes downwards. Bands that also find themselves in this ever-growing genre are Au Revoir Simone, Memoryhouse, The Radio Dept. and many more.
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally open with the words “Drifting in and out.” It’s tough to find a better way to describe this record and the feelings evoked. Picture yourself out on the ocean at night or on four wheels stuck to highway before the break of dawn.
The album is very consistent and even in it’s melancholy state, keeps the listener engaged. While the tempo on “New Year” flops around like a child rolling around in fresh snow, the more traditional progression is carried out to perfection in “The Hours.”
The percussion on “Other People” is highlighted as Legrand lulls about singlehood as Scally adds contrast with each strum. Declaring “Lazuli” sexy in a previous post, it’s only proven itself further as it’s now surrounded by nine other compositions. The soft tension we’ve all experienced plays it’s role with flings, lovers and relationships.
Bloom is a journey about love, lust, life, death and all it’s side-effects. You can live all the pills of life vicariously through this record. Being their fourth album, Legrand and Scally have excelled at all their strengths simultaneously, meticulously piecing together a near-classic.