The fans of Beach House have done more for the band’s image than the best dramatic lighting or Victoria Legrand’s face-concealing curls could ever hope to achieve. Fans have organically built up the myth0s of Beach House and that propels a band from indie darling to the biggest stages.
At the sold out Bowery Ballroom fans talked about hidden imagery or lyrics in the works of Beach House. The love affair with Beach House has been there for most of the band’s career but it was not until Teen Dream that the feelings spread to a much larger group of people. With the release of Bloom, all the promise of greatness for Beach House bore fruit.
More of the review including photos and setlist after the jump.
Teen Dream is a damn hard album to follow up but Beach House succeed admirably with Bloom. No messing with the formula that Alex Scally have been working with for years. The band trades on the sublime unattainable nature of emotion. Evocative and powerful, immediate and primal human emotion goes beyond words and Beach House channel that in their music and with Bloom the songs are most powerful when they are at their most elusive.
Beach House began and ended their set with tracks Bloom and in between focused on Teen Dream as well as Bloom while giving some love to Devotion. The band were a rich haze of strolling guitar lines and unhurried vocals, punctuating a sense of timelessness.
Bowery Ballroom was enraptured by Beach House and the minimal but effective set design. Bright lighting that did nothing to pull Legrand from the shadows added to the intimate mood of the show. At Bowery Ballroom everything felt immediate and singular, perfectly absorbed and content to be exclusive, Beach House gave each listener a chance to escape into the dreamy confines of fleeting emotions.
Beach House at Bowery Ballroom Pictures
Beach House at Bowery Ballroom Setlist
Walk in the Park¬†
10 Mile Stereo¬†