22 Oct 2015

Beach House / Thank Your Lucky Stars (album review)

A few weeks ago at uni, we had to set up our own blogs. I already had this blog, so I though yanno what; I'm gonna have the first truly original idea of the 21st century, and start a provocative blog where I compare albums to food. The Strokes are a refreshing pint of lemonade, Sufjan Stevens is one big banquet, and Razorlight are some weak-as-piss lager; simple right. Well, Beach House, particularly on new album Thank Your Lucky Stars are just the out and out sonic equivalent of eating golden syrup out the pot with a spoon.

Perhaps the single most beautiful sounding release of their entire back catalogue, maybe one of the most beautiful sounding of anyone's entire back catalogue, Thank Your Lucky Stars is a truly incredible piece of work that, regarding the shenanigans surrounding its release, is yet another high point in Beach House's amazing career. Where Depression Cherry was a bit lifeless, and didn't really present anything particularly incredible with it's only-fairly-moving songs led in by metronomic drum machines, from start to finish this album just does everything so, so right.

Getting the ball rolling oh so beautifully, Majorette has an instantly familiar chord progression, sharing it maybe with Ride's Close My Eyes, dressing it exquisitely in some of beautiful synth lines and guitar jangles. It's a bit of a similar story with One Thing, which serenely guides the listener along a sonic journey, with Victoria's beautiful vocals completely beautiful. Elegy To The Void is almost Slowdive's take on Ozzy Osbourne, and Somewhere Tonight is a waltzing slower number that just has so much beauty to its assured sway, again seeing Victoria Legrand's vocals almost like Kate Bush, but a thousand times dreamier.

It's the beautiful moments that make this record so instant, and so overwhelmingly perfect, but it's the eerier numbers that give it the staying power that make this a contender for album of the year. She's So Lovely is heartbreaking, with Legrand's vocals so hollow and forlorn. The Traveller is almost the opposite, with a kinda car-ni-val bounce, but still having a whole haunting forlorn feel to it, while All Your Yeahs is just another track that really gets to me.

Overall, we need to all thank our lucky stars that, with their second album of 2015, Beach House have put out one of the single most incredible, beautiful albums I've ever had the privilege of listening to. Victoria's voice has changed so much over the past few records, but on this its the band's most amazing asset, and Beach House remain one of the most luscious sounding artists in music today.


(written by calum cashin)