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Beach House Bloom
Released 11 May 2012
Producer Chris Coady
Label Bella Union
Length 60:27
Genre Dream pop, indie rock
Website www.beachhousebaltimore.com

Beach House are an electronic dream pop duo formed in Baltimore, Maryland consisting of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand. Bloom is their fourth album of which I’ve been looking forward to hearing for the last few weeks.

I’ve listened to this quite a few times now and it is definitely a grower but I still can’t help feeling a little disappointed. Unfortunately not all the songs continue in the same vein as the stunning 'Myth'. This is the album’s excellent opener and lead single.

'Wild' comes very close indeed. Victoria’s voice swoons beautifully through the opening lyric, "My mother said to me that I would get in trouble, our father won’t come home ‘cause he is seeing double". This song is full of emotion. The guitars echo throughout the second half of the track and builds into an incredible climax similar in ways to Interpol’s 'The New'.

'Lazuli', third track and the albums second single, is where things start to deteriorate. The intro sounds like something Enya released. It improves after this but not enough to save it going over your head. Other songs are just too long. The songs completely outstay their welcome like 'Troublemaker' and 'On the Sea'. The keyboards on 'Other People' seem to go on forever yet still don’t really go anywhere.

'New Year' saves it a little. I quite like the chorus with lyrics, "Can you call it, see it coming, just enough to tell a story about a portrait of a young girl waiting for a new year". Also improving things is 'Wishes' with its Cure-like guitar sound.

This album starts off incredibly well but unfortunately Beach House couldn’t keep things going. After 2010’s third album Teen Dream I was hoping that they could step it up a gear. There are just too many mediocre songs on show.

By the way if you listen beyond the end of the final track 'Irene' there is a secret song called 'Wherever You Go'.

- Leon Byrne