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Album Review

Matching the hypnotic allure of Nico and Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, Beach House sorceress Victoria Legrand croons "Love you all the time/even though you're not mine" on "Saltwater," the stunning album opener to the band's self-titled debut, and such simple words never sounded so lovely. Joining Legrand is her childhood friend Alex Scally, who delivers spellbinding instrumentation throughout these nine heavy-hearted melodies. It's their sound as a whole that really makes Beach House an interesting listen; Legrand's vocals tread so lightly throughout, making it easy to get lost in the gossamer beauty of the band's work, particularly on "Tokyo Witch" and "Auburn and Ivory." Tightly woven arrangements of organs, percussion, and guitars (which recall the work of Legrand's uncle, famed French composer Michel Legrand) delicately waltz around her haunting presentation, while the golden slumbers of "Apple Orchard" and "Lovelier Girl" offer a sweetly psychedelic sound. The exquisiteness of Beach House's debut album should not go unnoticed — it's one of the most mystical indie pop surprises to arrive in 2006.

Customer Reviews

Beach House

A lovely entrelacement of 60’s West Coast melancholia with fashionable indie rock, resulting in a lush and dreamy acoustical voyage.

It'll Grow On You

I admit, upon first listen, this album can seem like another mopey, shallow indie pop record looking to make a quick buck off of a fleeting trend, but this is not the case. Further listens reveal emotional depth in Victoria's husky voice partnered with the melancholy backing of old, charming synths and simple, but extremely effective guitar parts. This record can at times, seem homogenous, but tracks like Apple Orchard, Tokyo Witch, and Master of None stand out in their ability to showcase emotionally potency in Victoria's effortless vocal performance. This album feels like walking through an old, abandoned mansion on a tired neighbourhood in the fall, casting a hazy wall of nostalgia and charm. Not all good music is happy music!

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Despite its summery name, Beach House creates 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 its languid songcraft, and the eerie warmth of "Apple Orchard"...
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