Pop your dream-pop cherry with Beach House

Depression Cherry is the new album from from Baltimore’s Beach House, and it is chill. After a 3 year break from Bloom in 2012, Depression Cherry will relax you. The dream-pop pairing of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand will lull you into a blissful state of nonchalance about the world. Comprised mostly of programmed drums, organ and slide guitar the record follows on nicely from their previous releases.

Beach House Band Photo.

There is something achingly soothing about the first track, Levitation. It is so smooth and slow, it wraps around you like some kind of musical cloud. I found myself just wanting to close my eyes and be absorbed by the synth. Track two, Sparks, opens with the most Americana intro I could imagine. It sounds like fireworks look. It is beautifully composed, building over a simple beat to a glowing climax of a riff.

Don’t expect to get through this record quickly – it may only be comprised of nine tracks, but they are long. I wouldn’t go as far to say they drag, but they only get away with their excessive length because the album is so relaxing as a whole.

For my tastes, Space Song really didn’t work. I can’t put my finger on what it is about the track that pushed the wrong buttons, but there was something not clicking for me. Again with Beyond Love, though unfortunately I can put my finger on this – it was just whiney. The instrumental intro was incredible, but as soon as the first lyric came in I was turned off. It’s too love-sick. Too immature for a band of their age and experience.

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10:37 pulled me back into the happy stage of liking this record. The percussion is such a slow, satisfying repetition. The almost intelligible lyrics make listening to this track like being underwater. They don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, you’ll be so chilled out that chances are you wouldn’t have listened to them anyway.

Wildflower will indulge your ears without being particularly memorable, but the following track Bluebird is probably my favourite on the record. The vocal is particularly special, it is so gentle and layered throughout the track in a way that seems to slot in between the instrumental elements, rather than just being layered on top.

Depression Cherry is the perfect album for the end of summer. It made me long for relaxing  days of floating on an inflatable mattress in a pool – which it may be noted is pretty spectacular considering I didn’t even go near a pool this summer.