- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Beach House, “Bloom” (Sub Pop)

“Bloom” is the fourth studio album from Beach House and follows the duo’s successful 2010 album “Teen Dream.” Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand created “Bloom” on the road during the band’s two-year tour.

The first single, “Myth,” is a beautiful concoction of twinkling synth, with dreamlike, fluid melodies, paired with equally dreamy lyrics: “What comes after this, momentary bliss.” The album then drifts into “Wild” and the dreamscape continues with the addition of a distinct rhythm, echoing a heartbeat. The next song, “Lazuli,” features female breathy vocals with more emotive lyrics.

The band is successful in creating a fantasy-like atmosphere with the songs, which all have an ethereal feel. But the disc wanes a bit toward the end, and instead of being transfixed in a reverie-like state, the listener may find themselves nodding off.

CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: “Wild” is a prime example of the talent of the band _ the layering of drums and the airy vocals and guitar are mesmerizing.

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