CD reviews: Beach House

Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House's fifth album has landed to widespread acclaim.

There's a reason for that.

Having been together for more than a decade, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have stripped back their sonic palette, choosing simplicity over clutter yet still managing to imbue their delicate songs with warmth (often via waves of synth).

In an interesting mix of dark and light, which sometimes occurs within a single track (Space Song), hypnotic rhythms wash up against banks of ethereal harmonies.

In other hands Depression Cherry could have been messy electronic noodling.

Here, it's inspired.

 Beach House. Depression Cherry. Mistletone.

Four stars (out of five) 

Single download: Days of Candy
For those who like: The Jesus and Mary Chain meets The Postal Service

- Shane Gilchrist

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