Sedate of pace, warm and soulful of texture, gentle of volume, and with a slightly background-ish quality that’s frequently punctured by the magic of singer Victoria Legrand’s almost supernaturally improved larynx; Teen Dream is a comforting record, not a demanding one, and there’s no shame in that. »
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beach house return with 'teen dream', their third - and first classic - album, on bella union records. the beach house you're about to meet isn't the same as the one you'll remember from before. lives have been shuffled, tangled and re-aligned. when victoria legrand and alex scally returned home to their hometown of baltimore last winter, they were worn out from touring and travel. but deep inside them hot energies were incubating, ideas they had been whispering back and forth in the wake of their sophomore full-length, 2008's 'devotion'. by spring they began handing themselves over completely to these impulses, holing themselves up and exchanging ideas in a new, secluded practice space for dangerously long periods of time. as the songs that would become 'teen dream' began to live, breathe and take shape, the duo were compelled to leave much of their personal lives behind them. "we were forced to let go of people and things we were holding onto as individuals" legrand muses. "we were dropped into a wilderness, but we had more clarity than we've ever had before". still driven to avoid distraction, the two marched further into isolation, deciding to bottle all those wild visions away from home. they packed up their lives and settled into a converted church in upstate new york with producer chris coady. for a month they continued the birthing process, sweating and pushing out sounds inside a cocoon of their very own weaving. 'teen dream' is the sound of a band bursting at its creative seams. it is without question more expansive and moving than anything they have shared before. 'teen dream' is released on bella union records. beach house have recently signed to sub pop in the us.
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