Release Date: Oct 3, 2006
Record label: Carpark
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Matching the hypnotic allure of Nico and Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, Beach House sorceress Victoria Legrand croons "Love you all the time/even though you're not mine" on "Saltwater," the stunning album opener to the band's self-titled debut, and such simple words never sounded so lovely. Joining Legrand is her childhood friend Alex Scally, who delivers spellbinding instrumentation throughout these nine heavy-hearted melodies. It's their sound as a whole that really makes Beach House an interesting listen; Legrand's vocals tread so lightly throughout, making it easy to get lost in the gossamer beauty of the band's work, particularly on "Tokyo Witch" and "Auburn and Ivory.
Beach House's self-titled debut is a dream of an album. A blurry pageant of uncanny resemblances gently bob along its watery surface: the blissed-out dot-matrix country of the Magnetic Fields' The Charm of the Highway Strip, Suicide's early "burn-out amps" and tinny primitivism, 4AD astral spume, even the recent distorted opulence of Broadcast's Tender Buttons. All slosh along the flux of dusty Casiotones, rhythm-box presets, drizzling guitar and Victoria Legrand's reverb-gauzed voice.