Track Review: Beach House, 'Myth'

Beach House: The Story Behind 'Bloom' and Indie's Most Reliable Duo

Beach House: The Story Behind 'Bloom' and Indie's Most Reliable Duo

BEACH HOUSE
"Myth" (4:18)
Producers: Beach House, Chris Coady
Writer: Beach House
Publisher: Chrysalis
Label: Sub Pop Records

It's been two long years since Beach House, Baltimore's premier space-pop duo, blew our minds with its masterful third album, "Teen Dream." "Myth," the first single from the pair's upcoming "Bloom," is the sonic equivalent of comfort food -- a savory buffet spread of the musical trademarks the group has already perfected elsewhere. Victoria Legrand's scratchy, haunting voice saunters in expanses of reverb over pillowy programmed percussion and pawn-shop organ plinks. Guitarist Alex Scally chirps out pristine, slow-motion arpeggios, building to a climactic flourish of rapid-fire, high-octave notes, like storm clouds weeping profusely. "It's never as it seems," Legrand sings, her luxurious melodies climbing and falling in predictable rapture. In this case, "Myth" is exactly as it seems. Beach House's mind-blowing template isn't broke, and the band isn't in any rush to fix it.

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