Beach House - Teen Dream
Label: Sub Pop Records – SP 845
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
has pic lyric inner sleeve
DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
Released: 26 Jan 2010
Style: Indie Rock
A1 Zebra 4:48
A2 Silver Soul 4:58
A3 Norway 3:54
B1 Walk In The Park 5:22
B2 Used To Be 3:58
C1 Lover Of Mine 5:06
C2 Better Times 4:23
D1 10 Mile Stereo 5:03
D2 Real Love 5:20
D3 Take Care 5:48
1 Used To Be
Film Director – Sean Pecknold
Film Director [Ad] – Tristan Seniuk
Other [Animator] – Britta Johnson, Sean P
Other [Model] – Marissa Dyrcz
2 Better Times
Film Director, Video Editor – Jon Leone
3 Walk In The Park
Film Director, Video Editor, Film Producer, Other [Cinematography] – Allen Cordell
Other [Production Manager] – Temperance David
Other [Starring] – Isabelle Jusseaume, Laurie Isabella, Pearl, Peter David, Robert Dolan
Film Director – Mark Brown
5 10 Mile Stereo
Film Director – Kari Altmann
6 Silver Soul
Film Director, Video Editor – Victoria Legrand
Other [Cinematography] – Alistair Legrand
Other [Souls/hulas] – Amy Longcrier, Chiara Keeling, Elena Johnston, Meredith Robinson, Monique Crabb, Tara Megos
7 Lover Of Mine
Film Director – Sean Honey
Other [Make-up] – Michael Cohen
Other [Props] – Daniel Capiro
Photography [Still] – Monique Crabb
Film Director – Alan Resnick, Benjamin Beast, Erin Gleeson
9 Real Love
Film Director, Video Editor – Matt Amato
10 Take Care
Film Director – Kevin Drew
Other [Post And Fx] – J. Lee Williams
Video Editor – Lake Higginson
Artwork By – Beach House
Composed By, Arranged By – Beach House
Drums – Dan Franz (tracks: A1 to C2, D3), Graham Hill (tracks: D1, D2)
Guitar, Bass, Organ, Piano, Vocals [Harmony] – Alex Scally
Layout, Design [Cover] – Dustin Summers
Lyrics By – Victoria Legrand
Percussion – Dan Franz (tracks: A1, A2, C2), Graham Hill (tracks: A3 to C1, D1, D2)
Photography [Back Cover] – Steve Bloom
Photography [Lyric Book And Mirror] – Frank Hamilton
Vocals, Keyboards, Organ, Bells [From Outer Space] – Victoria Legrand
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 0 98787 08451 1
Beach House have been working quietly and steadily since their 2006 debut, amassing fans, styles, and sounds along the way. Teen Dream is the most fully realized album by Beach House to date, filled to the brim with their signature lush melodies and dreamy ambiance.
This album pushes into decidedly shoegazey territory, bringing to mind the masterful works of the Cocteau Twins. But Beach House are no style thieves, and Teen Dream sounds like a unique work, heavily inspired by history's great dream pop acts without being a copycat.
The songs are lilting and beautiful, and easily the most compelling compositions to date for the band. Songs like "Zebra" and "Silver Soul" are powerhouses, pushing the band into new and daring territory without sacrificing a thing that has made them so successful within their sphere. This is a must-have album for dream pop fans. Expect plenty of critical praise.
For many it was only a matter of time until Beach House delivered big time and sought world domination. For this punter alternatively (with the exception of a couple of songs such as "Apple Orchard" on their debut and "Holy Dances" and "Gila" on their second LP "Devotion") a sense of deep indifference has been the predominant feeling about this band.
Indeed if truth be told they seemed like a bunch of Mazzy Star sound-alike's with "Fade into you" the overused template. What a mad fool I have been, "Teen Dream" is an outright stunner and propels them into the major leagues.
The anticipation around this album across American music blogs has been huge largely as a consequence of widespread leaks of the album. The result is that it is already being hyped up as this year's Animal Collective equivalent e.g. an album released in the first month of the New Year which will dominate 2010's musical landscape.
In the first place a comparison between "Teen Dream" and "Merriweather" makes little sense since they are chalk and cheese in terms of musical styles. But more than this they are unhelpful since they burden "Teen Dream" with a comparison which it does not need and a weight of expectation that this fragile beauty should not be required to carry. After all it is the quality of the music that counts.
Beach House is a duo from Baltimore comprising Victoria Legrand (yes she is related to the French composer Michel) and Alex Scally. "Teen dream" is on the Bella Union label and Sub pop in the US and recorded in a church in upstate New York and you can tell. This is an album of real grace and power.
The songs are characterised by an ethereal dreamy pop sensibility and Legrand's voice has echoes of Nico, Marianne Faithful, Patti Smith and of course Hope Sandoval. It gives a slightly hard, sultry and sometimes raspy edge to Beach House's sweet melodies and Scally's wonderful backing instrumentation.
The album starts brilliantly with the sublime "Zebra" which sets the tone for the rest of the album with its slow guitar lines that build and burn into a classic pop anthem. It is gorgeous stuff as is "Silver Soul" which follows it.
And then there is "Norway" the single which has been readily available for months. In this reviewers humble opinion it is one of the greatest pop songs of this century thus far. Legrand's vocal is as smokey as a fine Cuban cigar and contrasts with the breathless backing vocals. This mix is combined with a weird and slightly distorted electronic backing but which works in spades. It is bloody perfect and if you don't get the album at least download this.
The slow processional pop of "Walk in the Park" which follows "Norway" is remarkably its equal and provides no let up. These first four songs are by far the strongest opening quartet to an album which I have heard in many years.
"Used to be" has shades of the wonderful innocence found on Mercury Rev's "Deserters Songs" album and for some reason "Lover of Mine" reminds me of "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" with a slight Japanese feel. "10 mile stereo" is easily the best vocal performance by Legrand on the whole album.
Beach House - Zebra
this is such a 'im not getting out of bed' Chillout song. Perfect for sunday mornings!
Beach House - Used To Be
This track is incredibly beautiful. Everytime I hear it, I feel strangely liberated within the first 20 seconds.
Beach House - Silver Soul
like being in a semi-lucid state
Beach House - Norway
beautiful and has a sort of haunting sound...i heart it