Top LPs of 2012
Apparently I wasn’t the only person getting annoyed people said “Do Beach House really need to make another album?”
“What the f**k is that?” said frontwoman Victoria Legrand. “That only matters if you’re just listening to sound. It’s this pathetic era we’re in where people are like, “I’m done with them, I need a new sound; I’m a baby, I need something every five minutes.” A lot of people listening to music now don’t listen to the songs at all. They just go, “Good tones…” and that’s it. But we’re obsessed with songs. Sometimes, I feel like people aren’t listening to our songs, they’re just listening to the sound.”
Couldn’t have put it better myself. ‘Bloom’ is a collection of SONGS, and the SONGS on it are ruddy wonderful. Beach House do have their distinctive sound (let’s not forget that) of shimmering keyboards, with guitars and puttering drum machines that sound both icy and warm, but the SONGS aren’t easy to overlook. ‘New Year’ has one of the most gorgeous euphoric choruses and breath-holding sequences in the genre; ‘Troublemaker’s divebomb guitars and hushed organ wheezes seem as uncertain as Legrand’s chorus of “Someone like you…” caught between affection and regret, while ‘WIld’ provides the album’s highpoint in its partnership of troubled lyrics and triumphant swoops (“Our father won’t come home, ’cause he is seeing double.”) Beach House may have a unique sound that’s now completely their own, but while that’s what got people listening in the first place, if anything’s going to make them stay, it’s the “SONGS”. And stay they will.
For fans of… Cocteau Twins, The XX, Deerhunter, Mazzy Star
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