My new musical obsession is the Baltimore, Maryland based duo called Beach House. I stumbled onto this group during a late night music exploration. After only 30 seconds of preview I was in love. The third album from Beach House “Teen Dream” was exactly what my soul needed at this point in time.
This dream or sub pop takes one on a journey during every single track. I just turn this album on, turn off the lights, close my eyes and travel to places I never knew I could get to without being under the influence. Who needs drugs? Beach House is my drug.
Alex Scally on guitar and keyboards and Victoria Legrand on vocals and organ create emotional, existential odes to love, life and nature. It is Legrand’s unique, soulful yet delicate voice however, which seems to cast a spell on me as I am haunted by the deep connection I feel to the stories told in each song. It is as if they took Nina Simone’s voice put in Victoria’s body and sent her to live with David Bowie and Pink Floyd and Joni Mitchel was her babysitter who gave her a keyboard for christmas.
Have a listen to “Used to Be” and “Norway” and you will see what I mean.
Personally I would love to see them nominated for a Grammy this year. But in reality they may be overlooked as they are not as popular as Lady Gaga. Mother monster if you can hear me…find Beach House! I think my head would explode if that collaboration ever happened.
Every time I make a find like Beach House I am more and more thankful the internet exists so persons like myself who live out on a rock in the ocean can experience culture as it changes.