After two new albums (Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars) released less than two months apart, dream-pop Baltimore duo Beach House return to the south coast, to play their biggest show yet. The records show a return to simplicity, with songs focusing on melody and ambient/dreamy vibes.
Despite their summery name, indie heroes Beach House create music that is dark, dreamy, and alluringly hypnotic. Baltimore residents Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand (the niece of French composer Michel Legrand) formed the duo in 2005, with Legrand’s hushed, Nico-like vocals and Scally’s delicate instrumentation paving the way for their first batch of songs.
Within a year, Beach House had charmed indie music enthusiasts across the blogosphere with their languid songcraft, and the eerie warmth of “Apple Orchard” landed on Pitchfork’s Infinite Mixtape MP3 series in August 2006. Beach House continued to build on their success, with consistently high-quality releases, from Devotion, to Teen Dream, to Bloom, the albums are all meticulously crafted and immersive singular pieces, all meant to be experienced as full body works.
Legrand and Scally returned to a more streamlined approach on the hushed Depression Cherry, which they recorded in Louisiana’s Studio in the Country and arrived in August 2015. Just two months later, the band released another full-length, Thank Your Lucky Stars, which the band wrote after Depression Cherry and described as being a more political set of songs.
“legacy of consistent beauty and quality” – Under the Radar
“The idea that you can have too much of a good thing is thoroughly debunked with Thank Your Lucky Stars, such is the beauty of the songwriting and their uncanny ability to create an all-consuming mood.” – **** Line of Best Fit.
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