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Beach House – Bloom (2012)

Several months ago when publications were creating short lists of hotly anticipated albums for 2012, Beach House were one of the heavily mentioned bands. Their third album, 2010’s Teen Dream, was a massive critical success and gained the Baltimore duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally many new fans in the process. Set to do an Animal Collective and become the “it” cool band, Beach House released Bloom back in May and have been on the road ever since.

The chiming guitars of first single, “Myth”, gently welcome listeners into Beach House’s orbit, while the rolling drums pull you in deeper. Similar to many tracks on Bloom, the lyrics are like reading a book that’s missing every third page. “Wild”, tells of drunken parental concern before it loses you in a swirl of ambiguity. Both “Other People” and “The Hours” swing a bit harder in the choruses while “Lazuli”s hushed background vocals and twinkling keys recall the 80s more ethereal moments. The duo’s ability to make even the most simple moments sound majestic is one of Bloom’s most charming traits.

All the songs mentioned appear on the first half of the album and while the second half merely feels like excellent b-sides to the first half’s extraordinary singles, final track “Irene” is another Bloom highlight. Once the final chords disappear, the only thing left to do is go back to the beginning and lose yourself all over again.

9/10

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