“Like no other, you can’t be replaced.”

Lazuli is the third track from Beach House’s Bloom. The official video was directed by Allen Cordell, who had previously directed the band’s awkward video for Walk in the Park. I much prefer to watch this video, Lazuli, due to it’s higher production quality and less emphasis on what I saw as empty shock value in the other.

The video features a drummer, whom I’m guessing is Daniel Franz, according to Bloom‘s Wikipedia page. While I would usually recommend live drums over a drum machine, Victoria and Allen apparently found them to be creatively stifling. Wikipedia continues:

Legrand found herself frustrated and limited creatively by the presence of a live drum set on tour to play Blooms songs because of “the noise it creates and how much space it fills”. Guitarist Alex Scally concurred, saying, “There was a transparent feeling, [the songs] didn’t feel as nuanced.”

The experience induced a six-month hiatus from Beach House after recording Bloom, and later efforts would revert more to the drum machine.


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