Beach House: Bloom
by: Alisha Acquaye
May 22, 2012
There’s nothing like some Beach House to set the summer off right. With a “dream pop” sound, illustrated with twinkling instrumentals and haunting harmonizing, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally effortlessly show us that music can be one hypnotizing, infectious guilty pleasure. The duo has released their fourth project, Bloom, which serves as a perfect appetizer for the warming months ahead.
Beach House sneaked up on the music scene, emerging as one of the most influential bands in the early 2000′s. Their first self-titled album made it to Pitchfork’s Best Albums of 2006 list, at a solid number 16. Their second album, Devotion, received the same love from Pitchfork, and acquired a growing fan base as well. By the time Teen Dream was released in 2010, the duo was evolving into a more complex, dreamy-eyed, melancholic group with harder hitting metaphors and beats. And with The Weeknd transforming their hits “Gila” and “Master of None” into his deliciously demented R&B synths, Beach House’s recognition grew as wider audiences became interested in their musical objectives.
Now, Bloom takes listeners to a land of wonder, imagination and innovation. Legrand continues to serve us with her powerful chords, while Scally mixes the sounds of an organ, keyboard, guitar and drums to form an otherworldly creation. Bloom is available for listening and purchasing, but in the meantime, check out their performance on Letterman of “Myth.”