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Beach House, Depression Cherry (Sub Pop Records)
CD Reviews: September 24, 2015

09/24/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Beach House, Depression Cherry (Sub Pop Records)

For those new to this Baltimore duo, the “depression” in the album title is a bit misleading. This stuff, as on their first few albums, is a slow-mo dream-pop-fest, but the more sweeping sound tabled here makes things more transportive, fully evoking the sand and whip-grass suggestive of their moniker. But yeah, if the sounds aren’t actually gloomy, there’s a hint of restlessness — no, inevitability and unattainability — that’s always hulking over the best parts of summer. Now, this is obviously the same sort of sonic detour as Raveonettes, but with less noise and skronk, or at least differently placed noise and skronk, particularly on Victoria Legrand’s vocals, which are droopier and emanate a slight discontentedness but are (and this actually helps) pretty clean in a technical sense. Thus this version of Beach House is a little more accessible than their Swedish predecessors, which has helped them get where they are (lots of hipster press love, and Jay-Z and Beyonce are fans). It’s an acquired taste, but fans of Cocteaus or Black Tambourine will find it quaint.





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