In 2004, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally formed.Beach House, and what they often describe to be ‘Dream Pop.’ The duo is from Baltimore, and have a unique style that istheir own. Though they are often associated as being a couple,the two are simply friends and partners in collaboration for their music. The atmospheric slide-guitar of Alex Scally is heavily influenced by Neil Young and through films, as unique as that sounds. The duo describes their music as ‘dreamy’ and ‘droney’, but what exactly is Dream Pop? Dream Pop was first introduced in the U.K in the mid-80’s and mixes pop melodies with atmospheric passages. Along with their unique style and genre, the band is known for their dreamy and mellow stage shows. I had the good fortune to see Beach House when they opened for Vampire Weekend in Boston. Though I had not heard of them at the time I was extremely impressed with their style. I was also impressed by the spectacular light show they put on. From the multiple illuminated triangles to the wall of lights that resembles rain, I could not keep my eyes off the stage.
The duo is most well known for their songs, “10 Mile Stereo” and “Zebra”, which can be found on their 2010 album Teen Dream. With two albums under their belt already, the duo released their third album, Bloom on May 15th of this year. Bloom has gained a substantial amount of praise and recognition, which helps to give Beach House the credit they deserve. Already hitting #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and #15 in the United Kingdom, the band continues to gain praise for their latest work. As soon as the album begins, with the first song “Myth”, the album is blanketed with an atmosphere that the duo has stayed true to in their previous albums. Along with “Myth”, check out the songs “Wild”. One of my personal favorites is, “New Year”. The duo also included a seventeen-minute track titled, “Irene”. Though this track is only offered through “Album Only” on iTunes, this should entice listeners to purchase the whole album, or go out and purchase the album in hard-copy form. Beach House has also been known for being of the more predominate bands that release their music on vinyl, which truly brings their music to life in a different way. As the band looks towards their extremely promising future with Bloom, be sure to try and catch them live and to see where the future of this unique and promising group goes.
Check Out Beach House Playing their songs “Zebra” and “10 Mile Stereo” Live From Fuji Rock Festival 2011 below: