Bit late to the table on the newest Beach House album – I’ve been meaning to buy it for a while. It was definitely worth the wait.
Only a moderate fan since the Devotion album, I was mightily impressed by how their game raised on Teen Dream. If Devotion was a rather lo-fi, one-paced and monochrome album, Teen Dream was like a burst of Technicolor. Bloom continues in this vein (on the first half of the album in particular), with a focus perhaps on slightly more mainstream-leaning melodies from lead chanteuse Victoria Legrande – only slightly, mind.
The beauty in Beach House’s simple, unhurried and melancholic songs is perfectly encapsulated throughout the whole album, but I’ve selected The Hours for your listening pleasure: