Indie (2012 – Bella Union)
Beach House are, in my opinion, one of the masters of the dream pop realm. Music which creates an experience of the physical scale of the world is the best way I think this album can be described. Sounding round, heavy and full – I associate this album with the image of immense, beautiful mountain ranges and rugged landscapes. ‘Bloom’ sounds both elegant and strong, gentle but exploding with liveliness. Victoria Legrand’s vocals and lyrics perfect ‘Bloom’s ethereal atmosphere and merge seamlessly with gorgeous, shimmering guitar tones and the plodding pops and ticks of drum machines soaked in reverb. This musical expression of time and gravity is what makes ‘Bloom’ one of my favourite albums of all time.