Beach House: One Thing

“Remarkable. When a likeness comes, you’re always out of reach.”

This is what I meant when I wrote:

I was hoping maybe to hear some experiments, some dares, some sundry thing I hadn’t heard before from Beach House, mixed in together with the things I already adored about them.

What do we have here? It’s the Beach House we all know, but there are some changes. Victoria is now on the guitar, rather than behind the keyboard. The drummer is in the pocket. They’ve thrown a little skronk in there. It’s got some teeth. This is Beach House al dente. I like it. Read more

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Beach House: Majorette

“Has it come to that?”

The fall equinox of 2017 just passed the other day, and I am only now getting to review Beach House’s most recent album of all new material to date.

Thank Your Lucky Stars, was released in October of 2015, a mere two months after their previous album, Depression Cherry. This is the album I have been waiting for since the band’s hiatus in the wake of 2012’s Bloom. Thank Your Lucky Stars, in my opinion, fully atones for what I considered to be Depression Cherry‘s shortcomings. Read more

Beach House: Days of Candy

“I know it comes too soon, the universe is riding off with you…… I want to know you there, the universe is riding off with you.”

Days of Candy closes Depression Cherry. I haven’t got much to say about it other than the enlistment of a choir to create an ethereal atmosphere that sets it apart from the rest of the album. The singers are individually credited on the album’s inner sleeve: Read more

Beach House: PPP

“Did you see it coming, it happened so fast, the timing was perfect, water on glass…”

Are those drums I see? Victoria? Are you sure you want to do this? 😂 j/k

Sike. PPP is one of the stronger tracks from Depression Cherry, and one that the band chose to debut on WBUR’s Here & Now, leading up the release of the album. The music speaks for itself, but the title doesn’t. Read more

Beach House: Beyond Love

“They take the simple things inside you and put nightmares in your hands.”

Beyond Love is my pick for the highlight of Depression Cherry. This is the song that was playing in the a. k. a. music, then on 3rd Street in Center City, as it was preparing to close for the last time. This was also the song that stood out to me as a I famously (in my own mind, anyway) wandered around Wharton State Forest in the dark, in search of my reserved camp site. Read more

Beach House: Levitation

 “The branches of the trees, they will hang lower now. You will grow too quick, then you will get over it.”

After a three-year break, Beach House returned in 2015 with Depression Cherry. I bought my copy on vinyl from Main Street Music in Manayunk. I usually don’t buy new vinyl due to the generally extortionate prices, but at $19.98 I recognized and rewarded a good faith effort toward affordability. Read more

The Gene Clark No Other Band: Lady of the North

“Flying high above the clouds, we lay in the grassy meadow. The earth was like a pillow for our dreams.”

I did eventually pick up Gene Clark’s No Other on CD thanks to the publicity of this concert series. I have not yet listened to it. I planned instead for a long revue to take place this fall, of some 20 or so CDs that I bought from the now defunct a.k.a Music on its last weekend open to the public, No Other among them. Read more