Thursday, July 12, 2007

Beach House - S/T

Beach House
Beach House
(2006, Carpark)

Beach House’s self-titled debut is sugary dream pop nostalgia that melts in the mouth of your ears, tingling your every sense. Beach House is a Baltimore duo consisting of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. The lush, weighty vocals of Legrand are the real center piece of this hallucinogenic ear candy. There is something slightly haunting to the cobwebs strewn throughout Beach House’s debut. It’s something about Legrand’s tone, its unnoticed manipulation. Along with Scally’s accompaniments, Legrand’s deep, entrancing yarns slowly mummifying its listeners into eternity, yet it is so slight in its otherworldliness that you are hardly aware you are away from home. Subtly and slowly charming, Beach House sits you down on the back porch to watch the waves roll in and the sun slowly fade into the pink-orange horizon. And its there you sit with a glazed smile, the most willful victim of a beautiful dream pop horror.

-Mr. Thistle

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