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Inpsired Dream Pop
on 20 July 2012
Beach House have just churned out their most loveable album to date with their fourth LP Bloom! i could happily just leave it at that, but you guys probably need something a little bit more convincing to go on i'm sure. Myth and Lazuli are two songs that have been used as bait to reel in potential newcomers with free streams available of them before the albums official release. And it's hard to query their logic, their both stunners featuring glistening keyboards, impassioned singing courtesy of Victoria Legrand and that familarly distinctive sound of Alex Scully's Fender Stratocaster. All in all honesty though i could have just described any of the songs on Bloom as they all feature similar instruments give or take some scintillating percussion. what seperates these wonders is the plethora of inspired melodies each track has to offer combined with the heartfelt and thought provoking lyricism that's also brought to the fore. "What comes after this momentary bliss, the consequence of what you do to me" almost sliced my heart in half when Victoria Legrand romantically bellows this on Myth. And the melodies on Bloom are some of the most tender i've heard since Yo La Tengo's gorgeous And Then Nothing Turned Itself Out.
The revolving riff on "Irene" from 3.30 on follwed by the flurry of cymbal crashes is so transcendentally stunning you'll wish the song goes on for a lot longer then it's 17 minute length (or that they'd filled the silence in between at least). The moaning MY bloody Valentine guitars in "New Year" always get me to, their filled with such nostalgic melancholy. Some immediately hailed Bloom the album of the year upon it's release in April and aside from the fact that there's still a lot more music to be released in 2012, the lack of sonic innovation on Bloom does slightly hinder it from achieving such unquestionable status, as the debt to Mazzy Star and The Cocteau Twins is still rather high. Nevertheless, as i've already emphatically stated the music on here is undeniable beautiful and will be sure to please even the most discerning of listeners with repeated exposure.