Beach House @ Crystal Ballroom – April 28
Written by Madison on April 27, 2016
Photo by Rebekah Campbell for Nylon
Dream pop duo Beach House will play the Crystal Ballroom April 28
Despite the summer allure of their name, there is no need to bring inflatable balls or flip flops to the Beach House show April 28 at the Crystal Ballroom. The Baltimore, MD dream pop duo will be supporting their dark and hypnotic 2015 releases, Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, as part of their first tour in over three years with a sold out show in Portland.
Following the success of their first four releases, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, the figures behind Beach House, took a step back from the spotlight to craft their latest work.
“In general, [Depression Cherry] shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role,” the band wrote. “With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.”
The past few years of writing and recording reached the finish line last year with the release of Depression Cherry in August and the surprise follow-up of Thank Your Lucky Stars two months later. Both albums received high acclaim and interest with Depression Cherry securing spots on numerous “Best of 2015” lists and the latter work being described as “pneumatic, dusty, like they are pulling a blanket around themselves in a heatless attic to ward off a threatening chill.”
With a set list partially curated by fan voting, it is safe to assume that earlier hits from the band’s 10-year-old catalogue will make an appearance in addition to the newest releases. The 2010 album Teen Dream features standouts “Used to Be” and “Take Care” and 2012’s Bloom gave us “Myth” and “Wild.”
In addition to their stop at the Crystal, the band will continue an art installation side tour in Portland on April 29 –hammering in the idea that Beach House is not only a top indie band, but a thoughtful, well-thought-out art project. While the installation show is sold out and venue to be determined, the show is set to feature a continuous performance of songs played as a two-piece within the installation. The concept was driven the band’s interest in sharing the process of making the albums.
“It has always been difficult to carry the initial moments of creativity that inspire our music through the process of making and releasing a record. There are many chances along the way for the feeling to get lost. A lot of “bedroom” bands experience this when they get to the studio or the stage. This installation performance is an attempt to elicit this pure, embryonic state of mind for ourselves and our audience,” the band writes.