Good to jam: Loud
Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore-bred Alex Scally form together to make up the dreamy sounds behind Beach House. After this oceanic duo made some serious waves from their self-titled debut, Beach House, their second album Devotion, and their much-acclaimed Teen Dream album, they finally put their fans at ease with their recent release of their fourth album, Bloom, just this past May. Bloom is an extremely unique album that's quite difficult to review based on a single track because their sole idea of production was for it to be viewed as one single and distinct feel. The two made this evident that they really tried to rid the album of nonconforming tracks to the targeted feel because the ebb and flow of the album is impressively consistent from start to finish. But don't let my stating their consistency on the album disappoint, because somehow they are able to generate the same built-up emotions from all of their songs through several different methods of transportation. Although, I should warn you of this album's strange ability to induce conflicting emotions almost in direct correlation with the volume at which it is played. My best suggestion to avoid severe depression and overwhelmingly deep thoughts is to play it loud to allow you to experience quite the opposite effect. Other than diving in for a listen, Legrand's take on the album sums it up pretty much perfectly when she says, "Bloom is a journey. For me, it is about the irreplaceable power of imagination as it relates to the intense experience of living. A bloom is only temporary... a fleeting vision of life in all its intensity and color, beautiful even if only for a moment."