Beach House: Two Albums, One Great Band


With the release of their newest album, Bloom, last May in 2012, a more matured and polished Beach House has emerged just as bitingly bittersweet as ever, proving once again to be the fantastical dreamy storytellers we remember. Conjuring up visions of childhood angst and nostalgia reminiscent of their previous album Teen Dream (2006), Bloom offers more structured songwriting, and familiar drawn-out whispery tones. With songs like “Wild” and “Lazuli” you have a taste of something airy and poppy – but still in the same Beach House fashion. However, when looking at something like the track “Myth”, the lyrical simplicity is straightforward but packed with blissful realization in such parts as, “If you built yourself a myth/You’d know just what to give/What comes after this/Momentary bliss/The consequence/Of what you do to me.”

When looking at the accomplishments of this wistful, alternative pop Baltimore duo, you see little has changed in the band’s thematic structure with Bloom. Rather than being a static development in that sense, Beach House allows themselves to stay true to the lush melancholy sentiment of their previous album Teen Dream. Taking stock in the solidarity and sadness of “Walk in the Park”, and the beauty of watching the growth of others in “Zebra”, we see that Teen Dream was to a great extent an album about departure, or the leaving of others. With whimsical lyrics sung by lead vocalist Victoria Legrand, you have visions such as the one painted in “Zebra”: “Your love is stag in the white sand/Oasis child, born into a man/Don’t I know you better than the rest?/All deception, all deception from you.” Simple storytelling with a universality of meanings – Beach House at their finest.

While Bloom is certainly a more tightly structured track list, still remaining thematically authentic to previous Beach House albums, it is hard to wrestle yourself away from the allure of their previous work. The album Teen Dream offered an exploration of the self as a worldly observer in solidarity, while Bloom deals very much with what to do with what’s left behind. In a sense, Bloom is an extension of Teen Dream, offering up a freshly squeezed perspective in the nostalgic and instrumental reality-driven dream realms of our minds.

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