Beach House - Bloom

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I love how resolute their aesthetic is, it strengthens with every album. One of my favourite live bands.

mom in the woods (Ówen P.), Monday, 19 March 2012 00:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was lucky enough to be able to rest my arms on the stage (standing in the press area) centered between both of them with the sunset on their backs when they played Coney Island. Now that live experience delivered.

Evan, Monday, 19 March 2012 04:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not for them I bet

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 19 March 2012 04:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why not?

Evan, Monday, 19 March 2012 04:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

No reasom

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 19 March 2012 04:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess it was muggy out...

Evan, Monday, 19 March 2012 04:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

cover

good luck Peeta Mellark (Bee OK), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 05:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

isnt that for one of the singles

zola99, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 07:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

nah. i like it. nothing will ever be as good as their cover for devotion though, if you ask me.

phantompenguin, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

cover connection:

nostormo, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

also

Wet hair album on De Stijl from last year

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

at least the music itself isn't boring

nostormo, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

IRENE

nostormo, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

squarepusher's new record:

WILL YOU PEOPLE STOP

kelpolaris, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

lots of hooks on this record and the production is a bit too polished: i guess it might result in getting them closer to mainstream audience.
also, except for Myth, the second half of the record is better than the first.

nostormo, Saturday, 31 March 2012 22:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

lebron traveled (am0n), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

This album is great great great. Love how relatively big the choruses and production are. Every song feels like an all-out attempt to top "Fade Into You" in the hearts and minds of the public. A couple of them out-M83 M83, too.

Evan R, Monday, 30 April 2012 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I burned out on this quickly...

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 April 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn, that's my fear. I worry about how any album that's so instantly absorbing can hold up over the long haul (especially since much of the appeal of Teen Dream was how that album really, really took its time).

Either way, though, I'm loving the album now, so that's worth something

Evan R, Monday, 30 April 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

the label had some shit luck with the release of this record. I don't even think it's out yet and it feels like everyone has had it for months.

UnderControl, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 00:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I burned out on this quickly...

― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn),"

me too, BUT i returned to it afterwards again. great record, for the most part.

nostormo, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

this plus 1/2 bottle of wine is like being shot up with morphine pretty much. wanna question quality of music, but the experience feels so good that i don't care.

a single goddamn marshmallow fucked me for LIFE (Hunt3r), Friday, 11 May 2012 04:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Bee OK, Friday, 11 May 2012 06:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

so far...

Bee OK, Friday, 11 May 2012 06:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Better live than I expected -- the new material sounds great.

Brad C., Sunday, 13 May 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

so this is really pretty

Mordy, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 23:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is pretty shameless:

http://pitchfork.com/news/46564-beach-house-ripped-off-by-british-car-ad/

Get wolves (DL), Friday, 18 May 2012 12:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've liked what i've heard of them on WFMU, but I burn out on albums before I hear them.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 May 2012 14:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

^i've got sympathy for the musicians who were hired to do that ad. in my imagination the car company execs used the original as a reference and asked them to do something in a similar style, which they did in a non-plagiaristic way, then got asked for revisions because "can you make it sound more like the other song?" seen it happen with friends who do this kind of work.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 18 May 2012 14:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

until they give kendra smith some $ they can stfu

mexican sumner (electricsound), Friday, 18 May 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

are beach house going to fall forever in the same category as spoon and the national by making lovely, critic friendly and appreciated records without ever changing style in any way?
it's all good and nice, but it just seems like no progression at all here (not always a be all and end all obvs).

nathey, Friday, 18 May 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like them and this one is their best but I can't imagine getting excited about them; they're a really good minor band.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 May 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

VW ad track is better than "Take Care" imo.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ i've got sympathy for the musicians who were hired to do that ad.

Me, none. If you can't plagiarize gracefully, you should get out of the commercial music racket. It's possible that BH were contacted about a licence, but didn't wish to affiliate one of their more 'personal' songs with a car company. Now, the damage has been done regardless.

poxen, Friday, 18 May 2012 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

To my ears, this commercial "cover" doesn't sound any more like "Take Care" than fifty other proper originals released by blog hype bands. In fact, the VW track actually reminds me more of some subtle Arcade Fire stuff.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Or, even more than that, The Walkmen.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

VW ad track is better than "Take Care" imo.

Ouch.

MikoMcha, Friday, 18 May 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bloom sounds like Teen Dream only on first listening.
actually,although it resemble it, it's poppier, and more polished.

nostormo, Friday, 18 May 2012 16:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

To my ears, this commercial "cover" doesn't sound any more like "Take Care" than fifty other proper originals released by blog hype bands.

If you're joking, then "lol, right", but otherwise "?" The VW song is a straight-up lift, there's nothing to distinguish it.

poxen, Friday, 18 May 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

The melodies and instrumentation are largely dissimilar. Maybe the "vibe" is the same, but big deal. That vibe is all over the fucking place the last few years.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, there's a closer resemblance between "Ghostbusters" and "I Want a New Drug" than this VW song and "Take Care".

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 16:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's only just close enough to avoid litigation (& i'm sure VW did some research into that) to say it's superior is just challops.

jed_, Friday, 18 May 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

to say it's superior is just challops

A challop? Maybe. But an op all the same. (Seriously, if Hamilton Leithauser was singing instead of a nameless vocalist, it would be a great Walkmen song.)

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://pitchfork.com/news/46570-beach-house-respond-to-volkswagen-ad/

So I guess the ad agency DID make a play for the song, but were denied. Indie nerds are totally making a mountain out of a molehill, though.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 17:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh if they wanted the track and made a soundalike that was transparent enough for that many people to notice (i haven't compared) then it's fair game for people to cry foul

some dude, Friday, 18 May 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Basically, one person thought so and then Pitchfork carried the flag. I still say that if you put "Take Care" in a mix with a bunch of other songs that sound like it, you wouldn't be able to distinguish the VW ad's song from any of the others as "the replica".

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 17:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

the (male) vocalist is very closely copying Legrand's vocal style which is pretty unique sounding even amongst a slew of imitators. the song key lyrics is "i'll watch over you" in place of the almost exact point where Legrand sings "i'll take care of you." you may not like BH or care that they've been ripped off but you're being disingenuous here.

jed_, Friday, 18 May 2012 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

No, I do like a fair amount of Beach House material, but I'm still not hearing enough similarity between these recordings for people's short to get all in a wad.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 May 2012 17:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

every time i hear a BH song without actively knowing or thinking about who i'm listening to her voice scans as a male voice to me

some dude, Friday, 18 May 2012 17:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

I heard that ad agencies and TV shows are still requesting Black Keys imitations every week. It helps that their sound is easy to approximate - you're on safer ground with blues-rock than simulating Beach House or Fleet Foxes - but I wonder why that band in particular has struck a nerve in synch world.

Get wolves (DL), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 08:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

they're the big alt band of the last couple years, obv

what is the hidden track on Bloom? i genuinely can't tell if it's a reprise of an earlier track on the album or something, all Beach House songs sound the same to me.

shipl.de.al (some dude), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

the lower dens album and this one are easy to confuse when i put the two together on shuffle

― ban halen (electricsound), Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:23 PM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

that's bizarre imo, Lower Dens actually switched up their sound this time. unless you mean their first album.

shipl.de.al (some dude), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 13:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't really want to get too into this, but I have been having weird issues with people's lack of self-awareness lately, and this just irked me for some reason: Pitchfork posted one of their "news" items about Beach House's new video. They praise the video for having "the greatest use of eggs in music-based visuals ..." yada yada, and comment on various supernatural elements showing up in the video.

So, this egg gambit is a direct reference to the kitchen scene from Ghostbusters (i.e., they explode in the carton) and then a woman opens the fridge and the exact same visual, roughly, from Ghostbusters is there (i.e., the weird pyramid/city in the clouds kinda place where Zhoul[sp?] comes from).

No mention from Pitchfork that this is an "homage" to Ghostbusters (or a direct rip, whatever you wanna call it), yet they post these stupid fucking "news" pieces about bands getting ripped off in commercials (which yes, has been happening forever and is a big part of rock's history past present and future). I know they wanna drive traffic, but how about posting a piece about the dude who made the video "homaging" Ghostbusters. I mean, I am sure that Beach House has reasonable opinions on all of these things, but this just pissed me off. No attempt to be upfront about the video from anyone (which, of course, they may be completely unaware of if no one but the maker of the video has ever seen that obscure scene from the cult film Ghostbusters).

grandavis, Thursday, 7 June 2012 15:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think you've noticed a writer's embarrassing lapse when it comes to decoding pop culture references/homages/pastiches and determined that it's actually intentional? also, i don't know what any of that has to do with self-awareness (or lack thereof). ppl miss references to shit all the time.

Mordy, Thursday, 7 June 2012 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

also, everyone knows that it's okay for the little guy to steal from the big guy, but not the other way around. :P

Poliopolice, Thursday, 7 June 2012 15:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I noted that it may not be intentional, but Pitchfork has editors and certainly there are folks who write there that have seen Ghostbusters. The writer may be completely unaware, as I stated. My fault is with the whole endeavor of creating news items insinuating a theft of material or slight to a band without trying to see the other side when posting another news item. I mean, editors at Pitchfork probably get paid pretty well.

grandavis, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have no problem with the video. Just the context of the video coming out shortly after a news piece about the same band getting "ripped off" in an ad.

grandavis, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'd say a) beach house probably intended the homage to be a homage, and not a rip-off, b) p4k has had far more embarrassing things published on their website in the past, c) i don't know what they'd gain from purposefully ignoring ghostbusters, and d) editors at p4k probably do not get paid pretty well

Mordy, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

i bet the editors live in lavish rat-infested shitholes and eat premium peanut butter

Poliopolice, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Breaking News: Beach House Rips Off Exploding Eggs Sequence From Ghostbusters
"We tried to get the rights to just show a clip from the film, but we couldn't afford it. So we made our own," says Victoria Legrand

Mordy, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

is this a srs debate? this p4k writer aside, people watching a beach house video have probably seen ghostbusters, because everyone has seen ghostbusters, and so it can be generally assumed on all sides that it's homage rather than rip-off, cuz who'd be idiotic enough to think you can rip off ghostbusters and get away with it. the same doesn't really apply to some big company 'paying homage' to moderately popular indie band beach house in their ads.

Merdeyeux, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

A more appropriate comparison would be accusing VW of ripping off Benz for making a car containing a combustion engine

Ò (Ówen P.), Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

you can't make a beach house video w/o breaking eggs

blossom smulch (schlump), Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Getting paid pretty well would be in relation to how well the writers are getting paid. I imagine that the editors at least are getting regular (albeit minor) paychecks.

But look, I didn't even pose anything as a debate. I just think that this being "news" at all is ridiculous and ironic but was not even trying to implicate the band. As stated, I am sure that they have reasonable opinions on all of these things.

The video removes all context from the borrowed scenes, as the add does to the original song. We can hypothetically assume that the audience of the VW adds is less aware of what they are watching/hearing than the viewers of the Beach House video. The band, Pitchfork, and VW are all pushing brands, or at least actively trying to get your attention, and in that light I just see that much difference between the two. This stuff is inherently problematic. I am sure if my band was getting homaged that heavily I would be somewhat upset, but maybe not so much if we were actively borrowing visually from really popular movies in our videos that were then getting broadcast on a really popular website.

grandavis, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Uhh, don't see that much difference is what I meant

grandavis, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wanna give my testimony here. if somebody wanted to move this thread to '77 after I do, I wouldn't complain, but no big. In I think 2008, during a really pretty horrible period for me personally, some people got in touch with me asking me to sing & play a tune they had already written for a tv ad. The campaign was greenlit, somebody was going to sing this tune anyway and there was about two payments on the car in it for me, small money but still money. They sent me their demo of the song, and then we had a phone conversation about what they wanted.

They never explicitly said it, but it was very, very clear, both from the song itself & from the way they described what they wanted, was a song that sounded exactly like an indie artist who was & is a friend of mine & who'd recently come into considerable success. The song in question was a clear & obvious bite on this songwriter's style. I was to basically imitate my friend for money. I didn't do this; I found out they'd asked, like, half my friends for similar takes. I don't know who the person was that they ended up hiring, but when the ad aired half a year later, the singer they'd gotten was straight-up imitating my bud. Their whole approach was v. scummy & gross, from the "we've been fans forever" with lots of old-days reminiscences to their "you know what we mean" pitch. IOW what cantankerous indie ppl suspect & get aggro about in this shit is true. You can take their money or they'll pay somebody to bite your style. It's bullshit, imo.

― decrepit but free (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, June 5, 2012 4:25 PM

so u didn't do it, big whoop, here's yr medal. also why in the world would this thread "move to 77". get over yourself ffs

shit_ebooks (am0n), Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

this record is nice!

ciderpress, Sunday, 10 June 2012 05:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

take that shit to 77

contenderizer, Sunday, 10 June 2012 05:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

The larger point is that p4k tends to stack the decks towards their most favored artists in the most annoying and shameless way possible. (Note: this is not intended as criticism for those here who write for them)

freebroheem (loves laboured breathing), Sunday, 10 June 2012 06:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh I forgot to add 'intentional or not' to the end of the first sentence.

freebroheem (loves laboured breathing), Sunday, 10 June 2012 06:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pitchfork is shameless and annoying (not intended as criticism)

brony ver (s1ocki), Sunday, 10 June 2012 06:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

ilxor, Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

WOW

OPÓ (Ówen P.), Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

ilxor otm

mod night at the oasis (NickB), Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

got no human grace

mod night at the oasis (NickB), Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

:)

ilxor, Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Probably not an original thought, but Beach House reminds me a lot of these guys

Moodles, Friday, 10 August 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Has anybody seen them tour this record? How is it?

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 00:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

This has not stood the test of time with me sadly as I love Teen Dream and all their back catalog.

marginal victory, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

The album faded fast for me, too, but they're touring behind a really great show. Good setlist, awesome light show, and they sound heavier and louder than you'd probably expect

Evan R, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 14:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

I still love the album so I guess I should go see them.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

I saw them on Saturday in Toronto. They were terrific. Evan is right. They do sound heavier and louder than expected. They played five or six songs from Teen Dream and a handful from Devotion. And for me, Bloom hasn't faded. Still one of my favourite albums of the year.

Binjominia, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

I wonder how much of this happens on a strictly regional level? I ask because there is a Gulf Coast casino currently running a TV ad soundtracked by a very faithful copping of the riff from The Black Keys' "Howlin' For You" (it's an even closer cop than the Pizza Hut "Gold On The Ceiling" ad in the above linked article).

― Hare Kinsey (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:01 PM (7 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Lawyer Up

Big Sambola & The Tailspinners (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 24 January 2013 02:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

cool, hope they lose

am0n, Friday, 25 January 2013 21:57 (1 year ago) Permalink


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