ALBUM REVIEW: Beach House - Bloom
There are almost too many bands these days that make lush, languid dream pop. However, tousle-headed twosome Beach House are currently sitting atop the ethereal throne, thanks to the release of their fourth album, Bloom. Baltimore natives Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have perfected their formula of nostalgic, faraway tunes that blend seamlessly into one another, picking up where the last album (2010’s Teen Dream) left off.
Tracks like ‘Lazuli’ and ‘The Hours’ exemplify the growth of the band’s sound. ‘Lazuli’ unfolds over and over again, revealing different layers of addicting, beautiful melodies. ‘The Hours’ has a harmonic opening, reminiscent of ‘Because’ by the Beatles; it has sweet, looping electric ticks that would brighten up the even the sunniest days, but just enough reverb to give it a little bite.
‘Troublemaker’ has a haunting, carnival edge, serving up Beach House’s staple blend of the slightly off with the absolutely lovely. Lyrics like “In the night we sleep together/The walls are shaking in their skin/Does it become you troublemaker/Watch them unravel you” only add to the lingering, creepy edge.
The trick of Beach House’s music is its ability to seem simply and hazily mussed together, while a deeper listen reveals the intense production that goes into each song. Bloom is the perfect album for the upcoming sleepy summer days that turn into restless, youth-filled nights.