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no, not that one!
'Thank Your Lucky Stars'
out next Friday
honestly, part of me thinks it's an elaborate scam, and the piece-de-resistance was that the scammers hacked their twitter. praying for their PRs, anyway
Depression Cherry is no Teen Dream but I think it's very good still.
i've only listened to depression cherry a couple of times
teen dream ruined for me because it would be the default big room indie album that my housemates used to put on when we did a Big Clean
quite fancy seeing them in a couple of weeks as they were surprisingly amazing last time but it's part of a clusterfuck week when about 100 good bands are playing in glasgow within the space of a week
i mean, normally i think that since all their albums sound the same, it's good to have a couple of years between them. but i liked depression cherry a lot, and am intrigued by their sneakiness.
was that, on loads of tracks, I'd think they started out sounding "too typically Beach Housey" -- but then I'd be in love with them once they really got started.
hoping the short release might signal that they've changed it up a bit tbh. would dig them doing some longer tracks, maybe like some 10 minute drone bliss type things
maybe actually building off Sparks this time instead of it sticking out like a sore thumb.
I'm not holding my breath though
Teen Dream was great, Bloom was great, Depression Cherry was great
I look forward to this being fucking great
to be a cover of the entire SfG back-catalogue
it felt kind of like a bridge between the earlier stuff and the later stuff; I'm really curious as to how this new'un will sound. Hope they make the CD available to pre-order soon.
Squares like me who opt for CD over vinyl where physical formats are concerned like music, too, you know.
I kind of wonder how much of the muted response is based on the fact that that press release implied it would be a seismic change in direction, as opposed to the (in my opinion) solid Beach House album that it is.
I'll try not to liveblog the duration of the album though; just felt relevant
but then Spark indicated otherwise. Turns out the former was right.
I feel like if PPP was the lead single or something I would think better of the album as it's more indicative of the album's sound, but it mostly felt like I had expectations for something else entirely. That said, even if it's not a bad album, it's not really all that good either; they've done the same things better on previous albums.
Been a rough month. This'll be a nice treat
Can't get enough of this band. DC is very good but a dip slightly after Bloom which for me is their best record. There isn't a duff track on that whole album....amazing!
I think they are a perfect example how spoiled we are.
A run of really good blissful albums. I might think Bloom their best, but that doesn't mean that what follows it is bad.
When we expect bands to re-invent the wheel or metamorphosis into a vastly different entity in their NEXT release bewilders me. You want every band to have a shelf-life of 3 albums/4 years?
personally I find it interesting that up through Teen Dream (and slightly less so Bloom) there was an acknowledge fact that they were progressing with each new release, but now that DC is out it's all "lol, wot is progress tho? Just Good (Dream) Pop."
DC was a regression and one that was mostly done better on other albums.
that was really underwhelmed by Bloom? It just seemed like a collection of Teen Dream offcuts or B-sides. I haven't heard DC yet but plan to remedy that this week and if i enjoy it i'll checkout the new one.
So For me so far
Teen Dream > Devotion > Beach House > Bloom
Bloom > Depression Cherry > Teen Dream > Beach House = Devotion
will wait a few days to hear it properly. early reactions suggest it definitely isn't the departure that some had hoped for.
skimming through and yeah it isn't a departure.
it's pretty good. I like it better than DC if only because it's a bit more even in quality, but it's totally an album of leftovers.
One Thing is definitely the best track.
While they both sound somewhere between their first two albums and Teen Dream/Bloom, this one sounds closer to the first two and therefore more of a backwards step. Then again I don't really like the first two albums that much anyway.
its the only one except the first half of Bloom that has actual songs and not just nice sounds (except "Gila" and that nice one from the third album).
but a bit more consistent in quality even though it's obviously a leftovers album. Not great, but it didn't annoy me as much as DC.
6/10 on an initial listen; DC is 5/10
Will wait till Friday to listen in full, but the 3 on their site are pretty nice on a first listen
But I was an idiot. After a few listens it became their best album for me. Teen Dream is simply a stunning album too. I liked their debut but not their second but am unfortunately disappointed with the new one. It's probably because we expect ten or so amazing tracks from them after their previous two albums. An average album from them seems a disappointment. Anyway, they're always great live. Their SBE shows should be great.
Is brilliant. The rest feels like Depression Cherry part 2. Which isn't a bad thing.
I think that their run of four albums since Teen Dream has been untouchable.
i think Depression Cherry is my new favourite Beach House record. Its very similar to the first two albums in terms of production, more lo-fi and more raw with less of that glossy sheen that plagued the last record. Scally's guitar has never sounded better and victoria's vocals have went all soft ,wistful and shoegazy rather than the borderline Florence Welch rasp that she adopted on Teen Dream and Bloom.
But the songs themselves are just mesmerising 'Sparks' 'Space Song' and 'beyond Love' are three absolute crackers and i genuinely think that 'PPP' might be the best song they've done.
Great record! Really looking forward to this new one now.
It's just so cosy and warm and <3
I still have no idea why they didn't wait at least 2-3 months to let Depression Cherry sink in, or the present tour to end, but it's their band and they can do what they want to (also, why not a double album in the first place?)
'Elegy to the Void' seems to borrow from Radiohead's Harry Patch song.
"...is melancholy beauty. It’s music for late nights, for falling adrift in slow dark waters and gazing numbly at the glowing moonlight."
- People's favourite BH album varies
- Some people really like Depression Cherry and TYLS.
So... I would say that knocks down the argument that it's Teen Dream followed by ever-descending returns, and that the new ones are weaker versions of the same thing.
Haven't really given either album enough time yet but enjoying both albums - TYLS possibly the stronger album, but I dunno maybe that view will change. I also need to go back and listen to pre-Teen Dream stuff.
my impression is that Depression Cherry is kinda boring but Thank Your Lucky Stars is quite good.
Depression Cherry is a 5/10. Thank Your Lucky Stars is a 7.5/10 for me. Neither is good as their last two albums unfortunately.
I've got tickets to both SBE dates. As a result I've "forced" myself repeated listens of Depression Cherry. It's actually a pretty good album. Nowhere in the same league as Teen Dream or Bloom but better than their first two. The recent setlist look fair enough with about eight or nine songs from their recent two releases. Should be a good couple of gigs. They're never bad live.
did about 6 songs from Depression Cherry and only 2 from Thank Your Lucky Stars. the DC stuff sounded decent live though and it's grown on me a bit. but the TYLC stuff sounded really good and i hoped for more.
good gig though.
And would dearly love to go and see them. Anyone got a pair of face value (or slightly above) tickets that they want to offload? Can only seem to find stuff at double the price online....
As those above have said, Thank... Initially seems to be my favourite of the two, though neither quite reach Teen Dream and Bloom
A very good gig at Shepherds Bush. I was lucky enough to see them tour their debut album at Water Rats but the best I've ever seen them was at Village Underground a few years ago. I thought tonight's setlist and performance was excellent. I've got tickets for them tomorrow too.
On the off chance that anyone reading this had level one tickets like me. What the fuck happened at the bar? A single file system got "introduced" for the bar. Perhaps 30 people diligently queueing behind each other all around the bar at level one. I've been going to that venue since the late 90s (yep, old man alert) and haven't seen that ever anywhere.
And everyone loves a good this subthread, which do we reckon is better? Or are they both a little underwhelming? I'm firmly in the Thank... Camp. Beautiful stuff
but this one is better overall.
I find it odd how divisive these albums are in terms of preferring one over the other.
There is probably a very good single album which could be salvaged from these two slightly underwhelming albums.
Initially was very much in agreement with you, mainly because the last 3 tracks of depression cherry are so forgettable. But the more I think about the more I think that Thank Your Lucky Stars works very well as a whole and I like pretty much every track. It's hard for me to see where you could shoehorn the better DC tracks...
Also I would t be able to decide whiuch of the two openers would start the joint album
But TYLS just edges it. 'Levitation' and 'Beyond Love' are both incredibly wonderful though.
SUPER-GROWER (like Bloom was tbf)