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Beach House – “On The Sea”

I’m not a diehard Beach House fan, but I’ll always have a soft spot for what I feel like is one of the top albums of the decade – Bloom – and the gorgeous penultimate track that seems to have followed me throughout the key moments of my life.  It played in the car when I realized I loved the girl who is now my wife.  We slow danced to this song in a vacant parking lot under the stars on our first date.  Hell, it played at our wedding.  If there was going to be a Beach House song on this list, it was always going to be this.

Of course “On The Sea” is objectively one of the band’s greatest achievements anyway, so I don’t feel like a whole lot of detailed persuasion is even needed here.  But the way it bounces in on those rhythmically uplifting pianos and ever-so-gradually builds to a vocal crescendo is nothing short of breathtaking.  Lyrically, the sea is a metaphor for the afterlife – and the singer grapples with an appreciation for all that life offers, as well as the consequences of death.  The song wanes just as elegantly as it enters, fading into white noise like a ship disappearing into the night.

Listen to this song on a clear night, alone.  It’ll be one of your songs of the decade too.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.

 





SowingSeason
05.16.19
Couldn't get the spotify playlist to properly update, so I'll have to add the song later. In the meanwhile, here's the post. Other considerations were PPP, Myth, and Lemon Glow. But this takes the cake for me any day.

Slex
05.16.19
Hell yes

Skoj
05.16.19
agreed hard, best song on their best album

TheDeragoth
05.16.19
Every time I read your posts while listening to the songs, I get goosebumps and intense nostalgic feelings, and also with this Beach House song I haven't listened to in ages. Beach House is also very special to me and my girlfriend and we treasure many special moments in our relationship listening to Beach House. This song would definitely be in my top picks together with Silver Soul, because that's the song my girlfriend and I cover the most when we play music together. I'm sure one of their songs will end up at our wedding one day. Thanks for the write-up!

JohnnyoftheWell
05.16.19
Aww if you had to pick a Bloom song that isn't Myth, this is definitely the one.

dedex
05.16.19
Aww if you had to pick a Bloom song that isn't Myth, this is definitely the one. [2]
Nice read as always dude

JohnnyoftheWell
05.16.19
Also that memory is super sweet

Sinternet
05.16.19
walk in the park is miles ahead of every other track they've done

SowingSeason
05.16.19
Yeah I feel almost identically to Myth as I feel about this song. Bloom is such a beaut.

YourDarkAffected
05.16.19
I get a similar feeling to what you described from the last song on 7, “Last Ride” but “On the Sea” is beautiful too. Beach House is frustratingly inconsistent for me. They have plenty of tracks I love and come back to, but I can never listen straight through an entire album

klap
05.16.19
Lazuli is my fave from this

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