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Beach House

Critically acclaimed dream pop from Baltimore.
By Laetitia Laubscher
March 04, 2019
By Laetitia Laubscher
March 04, 2019

American dream pop band Beach House received almost instant critical acclaim since the release of its self-titled debut album in 2006. Pitchfork ranked its album as the 16th best of that year. The band's fourth release Bloom was considered their commercial breakout album, although their career since 2006 has been dotted with performances at SXSW, Coachella, Glastonbury and various American late night shows including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. "An artist's career is really nothing but a giant process. I don't ever feel like there's been a definitive moment for us. I feel like every moment is vital and important. It's truly insane the way you feel making something and the way you feel six months later. You remember moments of how you felt, but it continues changing and manifesting itself in other people's lives." Victoria Legrand, the band's lead vocalist told Pitchfork.

In creating their particular brand of dreamy pop, the band can take anywhere from hours to years to craft their songs. "Sometimes a song will be written in six hours, sometimes it's three months. "L'Inconnue" [from their latest album 7] has been being written for four or five years. Some songs are just like that." guitarist Alex Scally told Pitchfork.

On March 11, the two-person band will be performing a selection of music from their 15-year-old songbook in Auckland.

Image: Shawn Brackbill.

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