When you’re four records into the production process it’s best to imagine that you’ve had time to fine tune your craft and that is certainly what the duo of Victoria LeGrand and Alex Scally have done. You can hear the ways they have grown, bonded and intensified together to express themselves. It’s not that creative evolution was a struggle, as through previous releases such as Devotion and Teen Dream, the outfit has gathered a great deal of attention and exposer to wider audiences thanks to their detailed art and dream pop ballads.
Seven weeks was the magical number to get 10 tracksrecorded for Bloom, in a dry unforgiving environment, near the Mexican border. It’s not that the musical style is straying too much away from what Beach House has defined itself as being, but more so it’s a channel of discovering each song as a living entity and holding it’s own intellectual identity.
Trying to pinpoint a single song on this record as a standout is hard, attempting to pull out two or three big songs is difficult as well, this deserves praise due to how well the talented song writing has been spread across it’s entirety. Myth was the first song to be distributed to the outside world prior to the release giving a mouth-watering taste to their listeners, new and old. Moving onto Lazuli, which holds up the front half very well with the soft romantically inspiring vocals, along with Troublemaker, that LeGrand has made a staple of her many abilities.
Bloom is without doubt what we have come to expect over time from two people starting out in humble beginnings in Baltimore. Take this on as a story, not only in musical form, but in traditional novel writing style and engross yourself in what is best described a journey of self discovery.