Summer Listening: Beach House

This is the third in a series where we take off our Fulham hats, put on music-blogging hats, and suggest a band to check out this summer. Minor apologies if you think our selections suck.

I’m going to keep this short and simple: go listen to the latest album from this Baltimore-based group.

For a band that’s had wonderful and noticeable progression through each of their prior three albums, Bloom marks the pinnacle of their song writing ability. It’s an album that’s so good you fear they’ll call it quits soon.

To quote pitchfork (sorry):

Bloom doesn’t stray far from the structure or the emotional tenor of its predecessor. It finds the band making small, sharp adjustments to its craft, but these shifts are so subtle it takes a few listens for them to sink in. The songwriting is tighter, yet the atmosphere feels more diffuse; the lyrics are more straightforward, yet they’re somehow suggestive of larger things. By just about every measure, Bloom‘s wingspan is fuller than anything Beach House have done before.

If you liked them before, you’re going to like this. If you didn’t like them before, you’re probably going to like this.


Tim Gelles is a writer for Craven Cottage Newsround. A Fulham fan since 2006 when he saw Fulham defeat an Iain Dowie led Charlton. He resides in Baltimore. E-mail him or follow him on twitter.

3 thoughts on “Summer Listening: Beach House

  1. was a bigger fan of teen dream, i’ll be honest. i would say it’s perhaps a better place to start. silver soul is fantastic
    respect for the shout out though

    1. I think Teen Dream was certainly better in the sense that it was the first time the everything came together. Not to say S/T or Devotion were subpar (they’re each amazing in their own way), but they were certainly much more simple. I’d argue that they wrote parts in S/T, songs in Devotion, but Teen Dream is when they wrote an *album*.

      Though, the first few tracks off Bloom…wow. The last sentence of the cited pitchfork review says it better than I ever could. I liken it to Dembele’s game toward the end of last season: we weren’t seeing any all that different from him; just fuller and richer.

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