plus Dustin Wong
Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 8:00 PM CDT
Tipitina's (Uptown), New Orleans, LA
18 years and over
Beach House is Alex Scally and Victoria Legrandand Bloom is the band's
fourth full-length album. Like their previous releases (Beach House in
2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010), it further develops their
distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work.
The landscape of Bloom was largely designed on the road, between the
countless sound checks and myriad experiences during two years of tour.
Throughout this period, melodies, chords, rhythms, words, and textures
surfaced in moments of their own choosing. These spontaneous ideas were
later gathered and developed in Baltimore, Maryland where the band lives
Bloom was then recorded in late 2011 over a period of seven weeks at Sonic
Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX and mixed for another two at Electric Lady in
NYC. The band co-produced the record with Chris Coady.
Bloom is meant to be experienced as an ALBUM. It offers a singular,
unified vision of the world. "Many songs were omitted or dropped because
they lacked a place within our vision for this album," notes Scally. Though
not stripped down, the many layers of Bloom are uncomplicated and
meticulously constructed to ensure that there is no waste. Each chord and
melody performs its role to form a whole. The songs have depth and reveal
themselves in new ways through repeated listening. As a complete work,
Bloom transcends the banality of simple emotions and arrives at a realm of
honesty and complexity. It soberly reveals how frightening and temporary,
yet beautiful, our existence is. It creates an honest reflection of death,
as it must to relate to life. To this Legrand adds, "Bloom is a journey.
For me, it is about the irreplaceable power of imagination as it relates to
the intense experience of living. A bloom is only temporary... a fleeting
vision of life in all its intensity and color, beautiful even if only for a