Beach House: Music Revolution

By Cameron Easton

Dream pop/ chillwave music is purely a creation of the new age, a collaboration of new music technology and new aged imaginations. Musicians influenced through yesterday’s rock and roll riffs and the revolution of man-developed sound. Beach House is yet another music group that is changing the way we think about music and the way in which it makes us feel. The genre was developed through the collaboration of alternative rock music, entwined with the earthy sounds of the new age electronic keyboard, synthesizers and soothing vocals. The lyrics of such genre often have surreal elements incorporated within the music, emulating the dream experience. There is also a primary focus on both the human mood and the visual based experience, in turn creating the sounds of a psychedelic infused dream.  

Beach House is an alternative dream pop duo that is based in Baltimore, within the United States. The self-titled band, which consists of French-born lead singer Victoria Legrand and Baltimore local Alex Scally, is currently signed with a variety of Record labels, including Sub Pop in the U.S, Bella Union in UK/Europe and Mistletone in Australia. Since the duo’s official formation in March 2006, Beach House has produced four full-length albums, all of which can be heard from http://www.myspace.com/beachhousemusic.  The band’s debut year saw the production of their first album, titled Beach House, released in October 2006, which notably took the number sixteen spot on Pitchfork’s list of the best albums for 2006. In 2008, the duo’s second album, called Devotion, was released.

This second album brought with it a larger scope of attention, as the duo started to develop the foundations of a large European-based fan club. Teen Dream was released in 2010 and marked the duo’s debut for Sub Pop record label in the U.S. The album was produced in New York City by music producer and engineer Chris Coady, who has worked with alternative music groups like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio. The duo’s current album, titled Bloom, was recorded in Tornillo, TX. Countless hours of ideas, riffs, melodies and rythems that were developed on previous tours were further developed back in their hometown of Baltimore. It was released last year (2011) and showcases possibly their best creation of collaborative sounds. The whole album reveals a soothing flow of soft vocals and incredibly cool electric guitar and keyboard melodies, with each song melting into the next.

Their music videos are quite possibly the most unusual pieces of visual art that have currently been produced in the music industry. Each has its own new twist, with surreal scenes, characters and flowing graphics of vibrant colour and sound that can only be translated through the imagination and account of another’s dream. Their music video for their single called Lazuli, taken off of their latest album Bloom, can be seen here, .

The duo is currently involved in their biggest global tour projects, which will see them perform across Europe, Australia and Japan. Tour dates, venues and tickets are all available through their website, http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.


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