Vulture Hound is looking back at 10 albums which turn 10 years old in 2016. This week Samantha Fisher wishes Beach House‘s self-titled debut album a happy 10th birthday.
This year we celebrate ten years of dreamy pop melodies from Baltimore duo Beach House, their self-titled debut studio album having been released way back in 2006. Since then they have released five more soothing records. The most recent of which, Thank Your Lucky Stars, was released just months after they dropped Depression Cherry last summer.
Victoria Legrand’s delicate vocals lure us into a daze while Alex Scally’s soft instrumental touch plays like a lullaby. From their very first album Beach House became the epitome of dream pop. They’re one of the first bands to come to mind at the mention of those words and they’ve maintained that for a mighty ten years.
Don’t be fooled though, it’s not all airy fairy, living in the clouds and dancing on rainbows. Though it’s easy to drift away in the gentle embrace of Beach House, there’s a deep and meaningful energy that runs throughout. The beauty of this album, and this band in fact, is that you can utilise them in whichever way at any given moment. It can do almost anything from creating a peaceful atmosphere to soothing the soul.
‘Master of None’ is the perfect example of Beach House’s beautifully mesmerising sound. Slow and graceful enough to make the solemn tone stand out, with just enough of a mystic air to offer a sense of calm and wonder. It’s something that comes across fairly simple but the more thought you put into it, the more complex it gets. Along with the slightly less organic nature of ‘Saltwater’, this contributes to an album that manages to get the brain whirring while cradling the listener throughout the sorrow of its narrative.
Despite the growth the band have gone through over the years, there’s something so pleasing about the blissful simplicity of their debut. Beach House isn’t something to be forgotten, it’s a creation ahead of its time and certainly something that new fans ought to explore. Even after ten years this piece of work by Scally and Legrand is intriguing and inspiring, an album that has paved the way to their smooth sound that exists today. Their current sound is much more refined, but the foundation they laid with this debut still stands strong.