This is an exclusive and limited 'Love Record Stores 2020'
release and will be available to order from Saturday 20th June, strictly
one per customer.
There wasn't much room for Beach House to improve on Devotion, so
instead, the duo improved the room in which they made Teen Dream.
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally recorded their debut in a converted
church with producer / engineer Chris Coady, who has also worked with TV
on the Radio and Blonde Redhead. The same dark lushness echoes through
this album as those bands' works, with a spaciousness that's more like a
beach mansion than a mere house. On Teen Dream the hugeness previously
implied in Legrand's lyrics and luscious vocals is made real, like
tuning Beach House in at their full frequency. The duo's mix of retro
electronics and chiming guitars is still as dreamlike and distinctive as
ever - if anything, the tinny taps and hisses of their drum machine are
even more present in Teen Dream's pristine settings, making the
contrast between them and the molten slide guitars and rippling
keyboards on Norway even more vivid.
The songwriting is also more focused, using Devotion songs such
as You Came to Me and Heart of Chambers as templates for the album's
elegant longing. Like Teen Dream's title, these songs are wry and wise
enough to know better about idealising love, and romantic enough to
still believe in it. Though it's not as eclectic and whimsical as their
earlier work, Teen Dream is some of their most beautiful music, and
reaffirms that they're the among the best purveyors of languidly
lovelorn songs since Mazzy Star.