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Beach House | 7
Sub Pop/Bella Union/Mistletone
According to Liz Itkowsky: “The aptly-titled 7 is Beach House’s seventh album. Produced by Peter Kember (a.k.a. Sonic Boom, a vanguard of minimal psychedelia), it feels almost like bragging. Yes, this is our seventh great album in 12 years. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally could host a seminar on collaborating creatively. Both make beautiful marks all over their work, never shouting over each other, only highlighting their collective talent.
Beach House’s album release schedule has been methodical and practical. They’ve been able to somehow milk the combination of reverb, echo pedals and ethereal vocals without it becoming formulaic. Despite the proverbial cleaning of the musical closet on their last album, B-sides and Rarities, 7 is not far from where Beach House started. After a decade, their sound isn’t at all tired. How have they crafted so many beautiful albums, aging much better than several of their peers, out of gently leaning on an organ? It’s shoegaze, dream pop, whatever you choose to call it, but still uniquely Beach House and done to perfection.”