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Recorded in upstate New York, in a converted church called Dreamland with producer/engineer Chris Coady (who has worked with TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead, and a bunch of others) Teen Dream is the third album from the Baltimore-based duo Beach House, and their Sub Pop debut. The new album gives voice to a full universe of unbridled imagination, and the manifestation of Teen Dream has been a welcomed and all-consuming obsession for Beach House the past 9-12 months. Teen Dream will be packaged with a companion DVD featuring a video for each song on the album, each by a different director.
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definitely a CD that must be listened to in its entirety to be fully appreciated.
The music is layered and textural. The vocals are haunting and hypnotic. Beach House is a band in and of itself. Their sound is unique and addictive. I am so thrilled Amazon recommended them to me because I would never have found this band on my own. Their music is enriching my life on many levels. I have also discovered their videos and they don't disappoint either. I hope this band continues to make music for a long time. Highly recommended.
But Beach House gives us something extraordinary. Victoria Legrand's sweltering, sonic prayers echo brightly through the halls of a converted cathedral, and swim carelessly in holy matrimony with Alex Scally's dreamy string decrees. Pulsating keyboard portions are escorted fondly by gleeful, synergetic tambour beats and tambourine feet. Unearthly bubbling babels evolve briskly into swellings of gritty guitar strokes and airy vocal proclamations. An enchanting world of familiar visions fuses fluidly with surreal scenes of extrasolar experiences.
And amongst the collusion of far-off "Walk[s] in the Park" and illusions of "Better Times," there is an understated sentiment that is so grippingly human and so achingly intimate that when the record is over, the listener truly feels as if they have been awakened from an epic slumber. It's the yin and yang power that Beach House has previously indicated, but hasn't quite dominated until Teen Dream.
And it makes for one heck of a ride.
(One of the best of the year so far, hands down.)