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EDITORS’ NOTES

After two albums of harmony-heavy dream pop, Beach House continued its dazzling evolution with 2010‘s Teen Dream, which we named Best Alternative Album in iTunes Rewind. The ethereal, hypnotizing melodies are as gorgeous as ever on the duo’s Bloom. From the jump, a sinewy guitar melody gets blanketed by blissful atmospheric mist on “Myth.” While Teen Dream introduced more complexity (which is echoed on the weightless, organic melodies floating from composition like “Troublemaker”), Bloom’s “On the Sea” proves that Beach House can also drop our jaws (and give us chills) with stripped-down, piano-driven journeys.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After two albums of harmony-heavy dream pop, Beach House continued its dazzling evolution with 2010‘s Teen Dream, which we named Best Alternative Album in iTunes Rewind. The ethereal, hypnotizing melodies are as gorgeous as ever on the duo’s Bloom. From the jump, a sinewy guitar melody gets blanketed by blissful atmospheric mist on “Myth.” While Teen Dream introduced more complexity (which is echoed on the weightless, organic melodies floating from composition like “Troublemaker”), Bloom’s “On the Sea” proves that Beach House can also drop our jaws (and give us chills) with stripped-down, piano-driven journeys.

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About Beach House

Despite their summery name, 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. Two months later, Beach House issued their eponymous debut album for Carpark. The band remained with the Carpark label for one additional album, 2008's Devotion, before graduating to Sub Pop and releasing Teen Dream in early 2010. The duo built on the acclaim of Teen Dream with 2012's Bloom, meticulously constructing a unified sound and vision meant to be experienced as an entire album rather than a collection of songs. 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. Their next release saw the duo mine their career thus far for a compilation of non-album tracks. The career-spanning B-Sides and Rarities gathered 14 tracks that included the never-before-released "Chariot" and "Baseball Diamond," alongside their cover of Queen's "Play the Game," and the oldest track, "Rain in Numbers," from 2005. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Baltimore, MD
  • FORMED
    2005

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