Beach House - Bloom

Dream-pop, shoe-gaze, chillwave; whatever you want to call it, it’s slow, lustful and it’s what Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally do best. Bloom, their fourth full-length album, which has been preluded by an agonizing two year wait since their last, takes bittersweet pop melodies and turns them into dreamy, sensual soundscapes - a soundtrack to spectral longing. Album opener ‘Myth’ sees waves of nostalgia and textured ethereal moods washing over a landscape of strumming keys and resolute percussion. Legrand’s vocals lull you into sensory overload, taking you somewhere that isn’t quite in focus. ‘Lazuli’ continues with the hazy atmosphere, passionate drums accompanying Legrand’s lilting lyrics, which are simple, yet encompass a vigorous richness of meaning.

Beach House have always been a ‘niche’ band but soon it all becomes just a little too much. Whilst there is no denying the beauty of aching keyboard arpeggios and longing vocals, by ‘Wishes’ you find yourself falling into a monotonous state of being, wrapped in a blanket of hazy existence, wishing just for one moment of diversity, a break from all the romanticized ambiance. Bloom is dramatic, valiant, stunning, but it’s not heartracing, nor unanticipated.



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Last updated: 27/04/2018 00:31:29

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