Beach House
7


4.1
excellent

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
May 15th, 2018 | 145 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Seventh Swell.

On their latest record, Beach House have gone above and beyond in reinventing themselves. Prior efforts such as Teen Dream and Depression Cherry found the duo delving deeper and deeper into faux-shoegaze indulgences and further away from the basest of dream pop inspirations. 7 represents a fresh start for the group, who've already established themselves as the critic's indie darlings, and into a vaguely harsher realm of distorted synth 'n' guitar discovery. Never before have Beach House sounded so upfront and confrontational, with songs such as "Drunk in L.A." and "Dark Spring" turning to a darker, more brooding side of the band's personality. While the band has always had a distinct sound, for better or worse, their intention during the production of 7 was to rejuvenate themselves entirely, and by doing so, transitioning into a new period in their career. No longer churning out the overly-lush tunes that'd be right at home at one of Pitchfork's yearly indie festivals, Beach House suddenly has chosen to carry a subtle edge in their newest selection of songs.

While there are incredibly familiar (and very "Beach House") sounds in songs like "Pay No Mind" and "Lose Your Smile," there are enough innovations in their latest iteration of dream pop-disguised as-shoegaze works to forgive the obvious flaws in songs such as these. In other words, try as they might, Beach House have truly been unable to reinvent themselves as they like to think, but to a certain extent, they've been able to create something very compelling and intriguing. Never at any point in their career have they been able to put forth an entire record of material worth the investment and the time, but leave it to them to record something as stellar as 7 to prove me wrong several years down the line.

Whether it's from the breathtaking intricacies of a career highlight like "L'Inconnue" or from the slow burn "Last Ride," an album like 7 easily sets itself apart from any other record Beach House has recorded thus far; it's far more easier to write it off as a derivative indie album, but to do so would discredit the obvious effort it took to actually record something so different from every other album they've done yet. It's an album that has shown a progression of a band who've stubbornly refused to do so for well over a decade, what else could we truly ask of them❓




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2018


17691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

i don't know why

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SteakByrnes
May 14th 2018


12707 Comments


My fuckin boi

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Aberf
May 14th 2018


2323 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Tbf, Beach House is a dreamgaze for people who don't like dreamgaze."

Digging: Nothing - Dance On The Blacktop

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2018


17691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

source?

Aberf
May 14th 2018


2323 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Some discord dude, the filthiest one.

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2018


1637 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice my man

Might check this

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Toad
May 14th 2018


1975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

you won't regret it, bloon. it's very good.

solid brief review, fripp, if a bit recursive. but i love recursion so fuck it

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2018


1257 Comments


If you complied all the songs from this band that I liked you’d have an incredible, but short, single album

Toad
May 14th 2018


1975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

post ur playlist bucko

theBoneyKing
May 14th 2018


15107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This really made me think

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2018


17691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

It really do be that way

Toad
May 15th 2018


1975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yea to be fair u have 2 b very intelligentleman 2 undersit 7 by beet hows

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2018


17691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

whoa

SteakByrnes
May 15th 2018


12707 Comments


It really do be like that sometimes

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2018


17691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

nice

anatelier
May 15th 2018


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

bloom is A chouse, teen dream is B chouse, this is about an E chouse

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2018


17691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Sounds like you're giving those two albums unusually high standards :^)

anatelier
May 15th 2018


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I’ll do anything for wordplay

robin
Emeritus
May 15th 2018


4511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

""Tbf, Beach House is a dreamgaze for people who don't like dreamgaze.""



neeeeeeeeeeeeeerd

Lucid
May 15th 2018


9908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Starting to think I don't like dream pop since this group represents the 'quintessential' sound and every album by them is lame.



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