Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Reviewed By Court Smoots
Nobody makes stadium-gigantic sound more wholesome then Beach House. The Baltimore duo’s latest effort Bloom is so expansive in its dreaminess that it belongs in its own atmosphere, though it’ll likely instead be found in bedrooms all across this great spinning rock on which we reside.
Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand have somehow managed to stay so well grounded throughout all these years, though there was plenty of worry that they would lose some of their spectacular sound when they signed to Sub Pop a few years back. Of course that worry was quickly put to bed with their heartbreakingly beautiful release Teen Dream, which paved the way for heaps of praise and even more expectations. But any doubt that Beach House has the ability to sustain brilliance should be set aside, I think releasing four excellent records in eight years has proven without a doubt that they’re in this thing for the long haul.
Tracks like “Trouble Maker” which finds Legrand belting out “Some Day Out Of The Blue, It will Find You, Always, Always It Will Remind Me, Someone Like You” and “Myth” in which Legrand warns “If You Build Yourself A Myth, Know Just What To Give, What Comes After This, Momentarily Bliss, Consequence Of What You Do To Me” are great examples of said sustainable work. Delivering such a chill environment that no matter how hurried your life may be, you can’t help but put your mind at ease and relax away the day.
It’s refreshing to come across a band with such a well defined sound, and reassuring to know that they take what they do so seriously, always thinking of where to go next, never veering to far from what they’ve done so well for so long. It’s also good to know that the duo responsible for such impactful work delivered on such a regular basis isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.