6/22/2012

the world becomes and swallows me


The new album by Beach House, Bloom, is one of those rare precious gems that comes about not quite so often, and does so with a whisper but it stays forever. Once this album has hold on you it doesn't let go. Within today's seeming desert of music that is captivating in its earnestness, Bloom is an album that subtly possesses your senses. No fancy gimmicks required. Just music dripping with so much emotion that it leaps out of every note and every one of Victoria Legrand's punctuating vocals.

The physical space that this album creates is both airy and carefree, but heavily grounded through Legrand's bassoon-like voice. Dream pop has always favored vocals that tend to sound distant, mixed within or under the distorted guitars. It's simply a part of the aesthetic; like shoegaze the end result was always to blast through "music" and create an idea through incoherency. But Legrand's accessible vocals cut through the haze and plants itself firmly into your heart, warming it, but still impressing on you a most powerful sense of yearning. This is an album that desperately desires a return to idyllic days that as adults, seem too long ago, and exists only in foggy memories. Often I think about being in my twenties and what that means and why everyone's twenties suck so much. Perhaps in part it's because it is based heavily in the reality that our childhood  is over forever, and that reality can be really difficult to apply to our changing lives. But Bloom captures that mood perfectly. It is at once a reminder of halcyon days tempered with the bittersweet goodbyes that come with growing up. 


I hate using hyperboles and I'm aware that I often do it, but I really think that Bloom may be one of my favorite albums of all time. I feel it my soul. It couldn't have entered my life at a more perfect time - I'm settling into adulthood but am reticent to relinquish control over my youthful desires and wishes and dreams...and maybe I shouldn't, maybe I'm not supposed to?, but I haven't figured out how to integrate them within my new life. That's part of the process, I think. So when I stare out a window and thoughts of my days coagulate into confusion, this album is my soundtrack. 


casper david freidrich/ tih ana/ giles resort fall 2013/ kirsten dunst in lula #11 by autumn de wilde/ hansel from basel fall 2012 lookbook/ paradis magazine #5/ natalie kucken/ hansel from basel fall 2012 lookbook 


7 comments:

Goo Girls said...

i've never really been into beach house until this album, but it's really, really wonderful. her vocals are indeed an unexpected departure for *dreampop* which was maybe my issue with them originally. beautiful writing in this post meagan, just what i needed to read in my life today- Mattie

Roma said...

Beach house really is very special (for lack of a better word) This album in praticular was golden, Legrand's vocals were so dreamy yet they sounded different from any other album Beach house has done.

Mat said...

nice will check it out

ciara j alberts said...

well now you've gone and made me want to go out and buy it on vinyl!

meagan said...

yes yes everyone please listen to this album <3 and ciara yes DEFINITELY get the vinyl version, the white vinyl and album artwork is absolutely beautiful.

Jaci S said...

As a woman 10 years older than you, I totally identified with how you feel now when I was your age. I loved turning 30 and I have to say my 30s rock more than any other so far. I am more myself and care even less than I used to about what anyone else thinks. It's funny because you either go our direction or you turn into the total opposite. I have a couple of friends that are stuck in what our lives were in our young 20's. Oddly they would say I'm the immature one because I still dress like I don't care, but really they are, they have not grown at all.

That Beachhouse album totally reminded me of all those things. Well , that and the re-emergence of Spiritualized.

Finally, and kind of off subject, I love that you talk about music on your blog. I am still a music lover and seeker at my age, and it's so hard to find any ladies into music, thanks for being a music lover!

Mira said...

And you've got aƩ fever ray tee!! so cool do you know the band school of seven bells? Their first and second album are awesome!