Beach House – Teen Dream
January 26, 2010
Beach House convinced with their previous album “Devotion”, and while the expectations where high for “Teen Dream” they do not let us down. The moody, dark, sometimes even spheric music often categorized as subpop is like a blanket that wraps itself around you. The whole is very organic and put together well. Recording in a church and not doing anything too ridiculous in the production and mixing of the album paid off also.
“Teen Dream” is a complete album. It isn’t very mainstream or catchy, so sadly it is not likely for Beach House to gain a much wider audience, but the fans of the genre will have another splendid album to embrace. Right from the start with Zebra the band is on the mark. Also listen to key tracks as Norway (interesting and provoking use of synths/keyboard) the potential single Lover of Mine (listen to the late 70s folk influences) and the sonic 10 Mile Stereo.
While it might not be the first thing you notice, the lyrics are very sophisticated and melt together flawlessly with the musical soundscapes and harmonic (and sometimes disharmonic) songwriting. The album invites the listener to open up his mind and take in the music, experience it rather than just listen to it. It takes a band with talent and vision to accomplish such a thing. Even more so if you consider they’ve done it on 2 consecutive albums!