Review: Beach House - Bloom

The title to the new Beach House album, ‘Bloom’ is rightfully apt. Although we once thought Beach House had flowered long ago, this only appears to have only been a mere burst of spring blossom and the true magic is forthwith. Their latest album shows their experience, depth and indeed proves that they have well and truly flowered.  The duo originating from Baltimore have accelerated their image in unimaginable terms, although they are by no means a stadium filler they boast a huge following  in the depths of the indie world, and their latest, forth full length effort flings them into a dimension that is set on spiraling them to greater heights.

Signed Two years ago, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally launched their first defining record, ‘Teen Dream’.  It was a break-up album with themes of bitter sadness riddled throughout and the demise of a fruitful loving relationship. These feelings and themes seem to have ridden, dipped and dived with the band since their debut.  It was easy to wonder what that could carry forward, what we could expect next and what they could build upon but these doubts have quickly been quaft. ‘Bloom’ evolves around a clear fascination with youthful thoughts, the defining moments of that process, and clearly builds on everything the pair of embarked on before.

The 10 tracks that make up ‘Bloom’ carry you on a dreamy cloud of vocals, pulses and soft soothing sonics that leave a desire for more though the thought provoking journey. There are subtle flicks and twists and differences that show the indie sub pop duo’s clever evolution over their four album history. The landscape of ‘Bloom’ is richly diverse, though uncomplicated its beauty lies within its simplicity and myriad, indescribable features are left out.  “Wild” is a dazzling piece of electro indie-pop, it storms you with sonics, and focuses on the wispy, haze of Legrand’s vocals, casting your mind back to feelings of teenage belonging and faith entrusted in removing these seemingly difficult  and complicated childish feelings. Legrande’s, easy, woolen vocals blows life, as if she were kindling a gentle flicking flame. She has an ability to make even the simple lyrics seem powerful and takes them to a new place, deep into our memory.

‘Lazuli’ has a twinkle, balletic bends and synth pop flows that helps ensure the album plays and dances regardless of anyone’s care and attention. Despite the popularity it receives to its selected genre, it is treated with hushed tones, a discovery you want to keep personal, and a glimmering secret. The album has an injection of pace, defining a simply spectacular second half. A wash-washy collection of synths, tumbling sonics accompany her defining cotton wool croon.

The album is certainly something to admire. It is by no means too much, its quiet, simple, each listen focuses you and unveils new discovery’s that is perhaps a reason why they have everyone’s undivided attention now.  ‘Bloom’ seems to provide a dignified dawn to launching Beach House up to a new height. It’s busting with twinkles, dreamy, melodic swoops and feels like that ever so slight glimmer of sunlight dipping blew the horizon, having your sole focus against a forlorn background, leaving you with a lasting thought.

- Matthew French