Album Review

Beach House – “Beach House ” – [Carpark Records]

Thurston Hunger   9/21/2006   A Library, CD

Gentle duo from Baltimore, breezeway pop with slow breathing
keyboards and Victoria Legrand’s husky vocals. Guitars are
slurries, slower than a Slowdive. Drum machines keep impotent
time, makes the songs seem slower. Maybe that’s a good thing,
me I’d rather hear some meat and bones and sticks and cymbals.
Keyboards do little tropical cyclings, when they hurry up
they remind me a bit of Shogun Kunitoki, and this could
be Fonal friendly…but the Mazzy Star sighting by John Q.
Press at large is more on the money. Still something like
“House on the Hill” with its klink and klank of offshore
micro-buoys is a distinct highpoint for me. When the organ
enters on that track it does so in dramatic style! “Saltwater”
has a nice taffy push and pull…and the drum machine there
is tied up beneath the waves of more arpeggiating keys.

-Thurston Hunger

Haiku Review
Death to drum machines
This slow pop still wins the race.
Cycling and cycling…

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