Beach House

A Beach House Divided: Reconciling ‘Depression Cherry’ and ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’

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Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally are concerned that they have strayed too far from their origins. In an official announcement on Sub Pop’s website prior to the release of Depression Cherry, the band proclaimed what was then their only LP of 2015 as a “return to simplicity. The announcement noted that the album’s songs were “structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role” — the live drums that elevated their previous LP, 2012’s Bloom, to louder, more “aggressive” stadium-sized soundscapes, which contrasted with the calmer and subdued sound of their earlier discography.
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The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Beach House, Deerhunter, Wax Idols

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This week has been a little intense; we’ve been running all over downtown Manhattan and north Brooklyn, covering the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon, catching sets from knowns and unknowns from noon to midnight. And while we’ve been basking in the glory of live music all week, the world of recorded music keeps chugging along, with several notable releases coming out today.
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