Single Review – Beach House – Dive

Baltimore’s leading Dream Pop artists have released their first new material since 2015’s Thank Your Lucky Stars; arguably the most well received album Beach House have released coming just two months after their previous album Depression Cherry. Their seventh studio album is helpfully called 7 and is due for a May 11th release. As their sound has progressed they’ve often delved deeper into the washed out, hazy sounds with haunting vocals and lingering instrumentation. Their new single ‘Dive’ doesn’t stray far from this approach with quivering organs combining with spaced out, solitary strikes of the guitar. Victoria Legrand’s vocals add to the darker atmosphere which is eventually with Lacey percussion, pitch shifted riffs and shimmering electronica albeit under the prism of the whirring, hazy production. It is another example of their skill with musical arrangements and minimalist work, but here we are only given fleeting glimpses of something new.

Owen Riddle

Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars Review

On May 26th of this year Beach House announced that they would be releasing an album in August, which they did. They also somehow managed to release another album two months later that was written separately but recorded at the same time as “Depression cherry”, titled “Thank your lucky stars”.

The songs that feature in “Thank your lucky stars” have a darker nature, with Victoria Legrand saying that the album was slightly more political, and that they felt the need for these songs to exist on their own. The duo’s trademark organs are still present, but the excessive reverb that we heard in “Teen Dream” and “Depression Cherry” is absent, almost like a marker for their new sound. ‘She’s So Lovely’ is  as slow paced as ever, and has elements that remind me of fairgrounds and carousels. Legrand’s vocals are warm and hypnotic, a solid consistency with the album. ‘Elegy To The Void’ features warped electronic rotations entwined with a slow meandering riff which both build in stature through the introduction of gentle percussion and a more solid rhythm. ‘ Tracks such as ‘Majorette’ see the guitars pick up the distortion with the whirring synths ringing in the background along with an engaging bass line to generate an detached piece of pop music. This album on the whole is a little more hazy and consistent in it’s aims in that sense which creates a better themed album. The changes from their typical work are subtle, but work well.
The dreamy duo will be continuing their European tour and promotion of their new album with their next London dates on Halloween, before making a stop in Amsterdam and Germany.
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars = 8/10
Hannah Crowe & Owen Riddle