Beach House
Depression Cherry


4.0
excellent

Review

by ParanoidAndroid96 USER (7 Reviews)
August 20th, 2015 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: bittersweet.

"For us, Depression Cherry is a color, a place, a feeling, an energy… that describes the place you arrive as you move through the endlessly varied trips of existence…" was a statement released by Beach House concerning their 2015 LP, the beloved dream pop duo's first album in three years off the back of their successful 2012 album, Bloom. Beach House's well known pop sound features elements of shoegaze and contemporary reverb heavy indie rock which the band exhibits across their whole discography. With the release of 2010’s Teen Dream, as well as Bloom, Beach House showcased mature, catchy, and focused songwriting which allowed the band to rise above other groups who were in a similar vein sonically and earned the group widespread critical acclaim. Victoria Legrand’s exceptionally beautiful vocals and Alex Scally’s mesmerizing guitar playing also contributed to their prosperity as a band. The single released leading up to Depression Cherry, "Sparks," suggested a change in sound for Beach House with its noisy and more traditional shoegaze approach than the band's previous material. Although Beach House don't travel too far down the shoegaze route on Depression Cherry, the duo once again produce a notable and well-crafted album.

“Levitation,” the album’s opener, swells into a gorgeous and emotional crescendo over its nearly six minute runtime. The wall of synthesizer sounds towards the end of the track is utterly dazzling and well put together. On “Sparks,” Scally’s wailing guitar soars over the somewhat dark synth lead and Legrand’s vocals bring every component of the song together excellently. “Space Song” and “PPP” contain some of the band’s catchiest moments yet; the guitar riff and vocal melody on “Space Song” work in splendid harmony making a wonderful pop song and the intimate, slow dance feel of “PPP” makes for a hypnotizing, but memorable listen. Legrand’s and Scally’s performances are consistently great across the album, which is to be expected of the duo, even if some songs aren’t as intriguing on the songwriting front, like “10:37” and the closer “Days of Candy”.

The elegant melodies, passionate guitar playing, and delicate synthesizers on Depression Cherry conjure up a bittersweet atmosphere that lingers over the music for the entirety of the album. Depression Cherry is the soundtrack to reminiscing about a past lover or a score for a cautiously optimistic, wondering mind. Depression Cherry is a place where ecstasy is in the rear view mirror, but is looked back upon fondly knowing that bliss will arrive soon enough. With this album, Beach House show no signs of slowing down in quality as they make another marvelous addition to their discography.

Just like that
It’s gone



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ParanoidAndroid96
August 20th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is more a 4.2 for me tbh



first review in a while, any edits or suggestions are very welcome!

adr
August 20th 2015


12097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first 4 songs are great, "Sparks" and "Space Song" especially are perfect. And then it's a damn downhill, srsly the other songs are boring and the melodies are very repetitive





ParanoidAndroid96
August 20th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk "PPP" and "Wildflower" are some of my favorites

Cygnatti
August 20th 2015


34840 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

will jam, bloom was sweet

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ParanoidAndroid96
August 20th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't think you'll be disappointed, friend!

DropdeadWHA
August 20th 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

supa dreamy.

album flows nicely, the vocals, the vibes.

PappyMason
August 20th 2015


5702 Comments


Depression Cherry is the soundtrack to reminiscing [ABOUT?] a past lover...

Decent review man, although you don't really spend much time actually talking about the album. Then again, Beach House albums tend to be sonically quite similar across their tracks...

ParanoidAndroid96
August 20th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yes, I will edit that, thank you



yeah, they don't change up too much sound wise across an album, which I don't think is a bad thing but it makes it tough to write about the music a bit indeed

Gyromania
August 20th 2015


32268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nice one andrew. glad someone got around to this

jtswope
August 20th 2015


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Interested in hearing this. Their last couple of releases have been great.

ParanoidAndroid96
August 20th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you gyro

MrNippleLipz
August 20th 2015


461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

first 4 songs are great, "Sparks" and "Space Song" especially are perfect. And then it's a damn downhill, srsly the other songs are boring and the melodies are very repetitive



I agree with this, Bloom was the best they ever done, with the most variety, this album feels like it just recycles melodies and song structures from Bloom and Teen Dream. It feels very uninspiring and it's a pain for me to get through this album.

Gyromania
August 21st 2015


32268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

levitation is hands down the best song here imo

ParanoidAndroid96
August 21st 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't pick a favorite, but the first three songs are an excellent stretch

luci
August 21st 2015


12538 Comments


yawn-o-delic

Gyromania
August 21st 2015


32268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

you'll like it in a couple months

Slex
August 21st 2015


11014 Comments


Levitation is hands down the best song here [2]

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Lakes.
August 21st 2015


543 Comments


^ no u

RadicalEd
August 22nd 2015


9546 Comments


Fuck these guys srsly. Everything that's boring about music, compressed in one band.

Gyromania
August 22nd 2015


32268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

wow a 1.5... wtf



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