Step back Grizzly Bear, Baltimore’s dreamy alternative pop duo Beach House is back with a new album sure to garner as much acclaim as their 2008 work Devotion. Their laid-back, reverb-soaked tunes are starry-eyed and pensive, and are best listened to accompanied by the visual delights of a lava lamp or a Lite Brite.
Victoria Legrand and keyboardist Alex Scally were featured twice by Pitchfork’s top albums in 2006 and 2008 for their minimalist, yet vivid musical scenery. While Legrand may have been recently featured on the Twilight: New Moon film soundtrack, suggesting an undoubted sell-out, rest assured, there’s plenty of soul left in melodic reverie and romantic synthesizer soundscapes.
The first track opens the album up nicely with “Take Care,” a dreamy electronic harpsichord, gently guiding singer Legrand through her loving lyrics “I’ll take care of you / If you ask me to.” Another particularly standout track is “Zebra,” also the aesthetic inspiration for the album artwork, is a great song about an amazing creature, the child of an oasis.
Teen Dream is a wonderful escape from the city and the stresses of modern life. It’s intellectual, optimistic, perfect for any Raincouver occasion.