Before I had ever heard of Beach House I knew that my music catalog was missing something, I just couldn’t put a finger on it. A few years back I was riding in a co-worker’s car to lunch and I had heard what was missing all along; “Zebra” made it all make sense. I realize that makes me extremely late to the Beach House party, but at least I showed up at all right? Right.
This band was everything I had been searching for: the perfect combination of swirling and twangy guitars, airy yet rich vocals, upbeat keys with hints of sultriness, and a sense of complete weightlessness. Yes, Beach House had poured themselves right into that hole in my heart. I was instantly hooked…I was enamored.
The Baltimore, Maryland based duo makes music described as dream pop and this is quite accurate. Listening to the fruits of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s labor conjures images of a lot of floating, pastel colors, creatures from The Never Ending Story (one, not two,) and every happy feeling ever. Personally, I can envision their songs being played during a movie montage where two lovers are gallivanting around a big city doing things like: eating ice cream messily, holding pinky fingers, laying in the grass while one of them reads aloud from a book, and scouring the stacks of a record store, but only picking up albums like “A Very Lionel Richie Christmas” (is this a real thing? I hope so).
Releasing three full-length albums, Beach House (2006), Devotion (2008), Teen Dream (2010), and touring extensively has not slowed this duo down. In just a couple short weeks their fourth album, titled Bloom, is slated to be released in the midst of their current tour.
The tour stops at Beacham Theatre on May 9th, with support from one-man sound machine Asa Osborne, aka Zomes. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.