The Best Albums of 2012…So Far :: Part 6 of 6 (in no specific order, by the way)
Beach House - Bloom
Pros: Beach House, as their name suggests, is a band that’s just set in my mind as the ideal dreamy soundtrack to an American teenager’s summer, wasting away on lazy bike rides, sweating the July and August months out in a deckchair beside a pool, and the pursuit of happiness if it comes without a sunburn. Bloom, however, is duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s grandest, darkest, and most cinematic record to date, swinging for a brooding teen drama’s soundtrack while not coloring too far outside the lines of their dreamy poppy image. “Myth” kicks the record off swooning over surrendering love…or something like that. “Help me to make it”, Legrand begs after declaring ”you say just what you need and, in between, it’s never as it seems”. Clarity never seems to come as the track fades into “Wild”, the closest thing Beach House has come to an anthem for escape and not ending up like one’s parents. Then, out of nowhere, “Lazuli”. After a brief keyboard-heavy intro, the song bursts open with “ahh ahh’s” chanting and immediately secures its place as an essential song for summer mixes as well as an essential song in Beach House’s career. The first half of the album in general is some of the best music I’ve heard from the band and the album is an easy fit for essential listening this summer for the emotionally charged, ‘hopeless romantic’ types out there.
Cons: As is what occasionally happens on Beach House albums, the songs begin to bleed together in the second half of the record. It happens much, much less on Bloom than any of their other three records, but the effect is certainly there on first listen. Beyond those initial listens though is an album that is truly remarkable start to finish and already a shoe-in for best indie release of the year. Also, I’m really bad at writing “cons” section. These albums featured are all fantastic. Listen to them.
Recommended Tracks: “Lazuli” (playing above), “Other People”, and “Myth”.
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