They’re back! Beach House have finally released their fifth album, Depression Cherry. This time, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally take us on a voyage of discovery into a dreamlike space where time melts away and wraps us in a soft blanket of velvety music. Rather than just coming out with their own tried-and-tested style, Beach House push the boat out and give us the best of both worlds here; they explore new horizons whilst keeping their musical identity that we love so dearly. Depression Cherry has a wild, fantastical vibe and is overflowing with simple melodies. The harmonies are as wonderful as ever; Victoria’s unique sound comes together perfectly with Alex’s ethereal vocals.
Our first steps into this unknown universe is by « Levitation » to the sound of vibrating synths. Victoria Legrand holds our hand with a whisper of « There’s a place I want to take you« , before we discover the sparkling melody of « Sparks » which melds with strange incantations and melodies which grow slowly (something of the band’s signature style here.)
The voyage of discovery continues with « Space Song », a meandering track in which the synths and guitar fly us away into a sweeter space. This flows seamlessly into the soft sounds of « Tender is the the Night for a Broken Heart » and « Beyond Love » (the intro of this track is the definition of the word « languorous »).
The next two songs are the intriguingly titled « 10:37 » and « PPP ». « 10:37 » has heavy percussion and bass, with melting vocal harmonies effortlessly mixed through. The second track is signature Beach House, before the singing is replaced with spoken word, and the atmosphere switches in a single whisper: « are you ready for this life? »
Sure enough, the adventure carries on. Our trip hits a floral note with « Wildflower », whose iridescent melody draws you in straight away. We travel from flora to fauna with the next track, « Bluebird ». The minimal rhythm of this song has a stark contrast with its clear-cut vocals. The album sweetly winds its way to a close with « Days of Candy ». It’s a delicate finish to a very lovely album.
A blurred mixture of half-developed photographs, fleeting sensations, and unfinished dreams stays with you after this album’s melancholic journey. The torment of getting to the end of this hypnotic music just makes you want to dive in and press ‘play’ again and again. Every listen reveals a new detail, a comfortable nook, or a catchy motif that you hadn’t caught the last time. Beach House are currently touring in the US and Europe, so will be at Pitchfork (yesss). In any case, we’re hoping to find them in a low-key venue somewhere, sometime in 2016, which is the true home for Depression Cherry‘s intimate ramblings. Cheers and happy listening!