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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 forthcoming 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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Dreams, One Day Bloom

Beach House is a critically-acclaimed, modern-day, dream pop duo/trio (technicalities vs. live show members), and Bloom is a bold experiment for a band with much expectation preceding them.

The compositions on Bloom themselves barter and tinker with traditional song form, often resulting in gorgeously dynamic masterpieces (see tracks 1-10, but especially "Myth," "Wild," "New Year"). The arrangements and harmonies are MASSIVE (see every song, but specifically "Irene" and "The Hours"), and the addition of more "active" percussion work than previous records helps expand their already dreamy sound into an explosion of sweet, musical ecstasy (see all, plus "Other People," "Troublemaker," and "On the Sea").

Basically, you need only to ask yourself these three simple questions:

1. Do I like high-caliber music, performed by stellar musicians?

2. Do I like to see a band grow and mature into infinitely intriguing versions of their previous selves?

3. Do I have $8.99?

If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, you qualify to shower yourself with the beauty of Bloom. As Victoria once wrote on a CD she signed for me, "Life is a Miracle." And this album is solid proof of that miracle. Enjoy, IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Strongest Beach House release, Strongest Rock Release of 2012

With this 4th album, Beach House achieves a perfect level of studio engineering, stepping farther than even Teen Dream. The production level accomidates the instruments, the trademark dreaminess, and Legrand's captivating vocals, to perfection. Bloom presents a unification and flow that makes it distinguished and gripping for the entire album, each track is quite welcome after the previous one, fitting in with the album, yet possessing its own (strong) qualities. Mainly the melodies and instrumental riffs. the guitar/piano accompaniment on "Myth" is sublime, the synth on "Lazuli" is rocking, the riffs on "Other People" are alluring, the instrumental layering and timing of "Irene" is top notch. Melodies for "The Hours" and "On the Sea" are noteworthy, and the drums on "wild" and "Troublemaker" are engaging. Bloom provides a very constant, very sweet, very filled-out 10 songs.

This is the best act in dream pop, mellow rock, indie alt.... of the year for sure, and probably farther back than that. This album reminds me of the "Parachutes" album feel of Coldplay, (in a good way!) with its consistency, dreaminess, craftsmanship, electricity, melodies, and style. Irene's gripping melody can be reminiscent of "Everything's not lost" with how it builds up, adds sounds, and centers on one strong melody. it even has a hidden track like Parachutes!. I'm not saying Beach House copied Coldplay at all, I'm just comparing it with another great album that it reminds me of.

I feel Bloom won't receive the attention or praise it deserves, and that's a pitty. More people who claim modern music is dead should be exposed to this, and more bands should be operating at this level of engagement , finesse, and quality. Close enough to perfect for this reviewer, most refreshing fill, vocal style, and instrumentation i've heard in awhile.

They've done the unthinkable...

Since the summer of 2010 Teen Dream has been my favorite album of all time. So it goes without saying that my anticipation for their follow-up to that masterpiece had reached a fever pitch by this springtime. I didn't think they could do it, but they have created an album that makes "Teen Dream" look amateur by comparison. "Bloom" expands on the grandiose sounds Beach House first introduced to the world on "Teen Dream," while introducing new and exciting elements to their songcraft (see: cowbell, indietronica, muffled sound clips). Each song's progression is sublime, and teeters on the brink of overwhelming without quite stepping across that boundary, making it a tense and exhilarating yet ultimately satisfying listen through and through. The album is filled with consistently strong and sufficiently varied songs, yet at no point does it not sound like a Beach House album. One of the greatest leaps the band has achieved is through Legrand's songwriting, which finally approaches the expansiveness of the production of their songs. The lyrics beautifully reflect the pain and longing evoked through the musical arrangements. "Bloom" is truly an epic album with an apt title, and I hope with this release they achieve the breakthrough success they truly deserve.
P.S.: This is my first ever iTunes review! Yay!


Formed: 2005 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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"...
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