Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Alicia Keys, Beach House, Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Passion Pit, PS22 Chorus
PREVIEW: VISIT PS22 Chorus’s Blog
Maybe the internet has removed some of the novelty of amateur cover songs, but nonetheless, this one’s worth a glance. Staten Island’s PS22 Chorus recently posted their rendition of Beach House‘s “Zebra” (off of 2010’s Teen Dream), and the results are stunning as the fifth graders manage to nearly equal the haunting beauty of the original. For kids who wouldn’t listen to Beach House otherwise, it’s no small feat.
Of course, this also isn’t the first time the chorus has tried its hand at indie music. In the past, their harmonies have also been used on Passion Pit‘s Manners (see “The Reeling,” “Little Secrets” and “Let Your Love Grow Tall”). Couple that with the mainstream hype they’ve received from covering the likes of Beyonce, Lady GaGa and Alicia Keys (among others), and it’s easy to understand how they’ve amassed over 15 million online views over the past couple of years.
Check out the video below the cut and see for yourself. Continue reading
Filed under: Issue 21, Issue 21 Reviews | Tags: alex scally, Beach House, dream pop, Take Care, teen dream, Used to Be, Victoria legrand
Part of our ISSUE 21 coverage!
PREVIEW: Visit Beach House’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 18/20 Watts
High school usually boiled down to one thing: hormones. Beach House’s lovingly constructed third full-length effort officially dropped at the beginning of the year, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and it’s almost a pity that they don’t have any serious competition yet. Teen Dream might already be the best dream pop album of 2010.
The record is dense. Tightly wound but spaciously executed, the songs on this would-be break-up album wander as much as they gallop. On certain tracks, Victoria Legrand’s airy, atmospheric vocals sound as lost as Alex Scally’s guitar work sounds confident, and vice-versa.
They play against each other throughout the record. Album opener “Zebra” enters with a single curious Continue reading
Filed under: Issue 21, Issue 21 Q&A | Tags: alex scally, baltimore, Beach House, Beyonce, Coachella, Fleet Foxes, Jimmy Ruffin, pavement, teen dream, Victoria legrand
Part of Issue 21 coverage!
Alex Scally is one-half of dream pop duo Beach House. He and bandmate Victoria Legrand released their acclaimed third record Teen Dream in late January. The Baltimore natives are currently on tour in Europe and will be coming back to the United States in time to play Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the day before Pavement.
Already one of the dreamiest acts of 2010, we expect awesome things from Beach House in the future.
20 Watts: You two have just released your latest album Teen Dream. How is it constructed compared to your earlier stuff?
Alex Scally: We usually start off with one very simple and exciting idea and then try to let it grow into something more substantial. We’ve been touring for years now with hundreds and hundreds of shows, so we have a lot of experience to rest on. We had seven or eight months away from touring to just work and let things really grow. Then we had, for the first time, the ability to go into the studio and record. We recorded for three weeks, which, for us, is an insane luxury. It’s just like the other albums. The songs grew the same way, but we had a Continue reading
Filed under: 20 Watts Radio | Tags: 20 Watts Radio, A Pretty Girl Is Like..., Answer to Yourself, Back to the Life, Beach House, BLK JKS, Cold Cave, Cold War, Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix), Dan Deacon, Daphnia, Deadbeat Summer, deer tick, Falling From The Sun, Front Porch/Back Porch, Gentle Sons, In the Summertime, King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One, Lake Michigan, Lakeside, Life Magazine, Lil' Hipster, LMFAO, Longform, M79, Magnetic Fields, manchester orchestra, MGMT, Mike Posner, Mouth's Cradle, My Papa's Waltz, My Parents Lied, Neon Indian, Neutral Milk Hotel, norway, Phoenix, Red F, Rogue Wave, Rome, Slow Club, Smith Hill, Spoon, stars, Team B, Tessellate, The Album Leaf, The Antlers, The Dodos, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Real People, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Soft Pack, the static jacks, the white stripes, The Youth, Tokyo Police Club, Untitled, Vampire Weekend, Weekends And Treehouses, When I Go, Where Have You Been?, Yo La Tengo, You Can Make Him Like You, Young Prisms, Your ex- lover is dead
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Preview: Make sure you check out Audiocandyradio.com
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Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: album reviews, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Releases of the Week, teen dream, veckatimest, Victoria legrand
PREVIEW: STREAM Beach House’s “Norway”
WE GIVE IT: 18/20 Watts
Beach House‘s third full-length, Teen Dream, is a spectacle the likes of which will be hard to surpass in 2010. From the soaring, haunting chamber pop choruses, reminiscent of Grizzly Bear‘s Veckatimest, to the dreamy, pop landscapes it creates, the album is a testament to all that indie accomplished in 2009. And all it’s sure to accomplish in the coming year and beyond.
A deeply personal account of teenage emotions, Teen Dream plays to its title impeccably. The shuffling, nonchalant “Silver Soul” prods the issues at hand, while overall leaving them a mystery. Honest and heartfelt numbers like the 2008 single “Used to Be” and “Lover of Mine” take a more straightforward approach. The problems — mostly lost love and the subsequently forlorn existence — take form in their most crucial, vulnerable states. We see them for what the author sees them as, the crux of their young world. Continue reading
Filed under: Emerging Artists, Genre Columns, Indie Rock | Tags: Australia, Beach House, Bogota, Emerging Artists, South America, Yucuna
VISIT Yucuna’s Myspace
DOWNLOAD Yucuna’s “Bogota” MP3
I know what you’re probably asking: “What the hell is a Yucuna?” Now, without having to Google or Wikipedia it, I’m going to say it’s an Australian animal that dudes kill with boomerangs. Happy?
Anyways, with no gig listings out there, and a Myspace profile view count (as of this post) of 80, Yucuna is a prime example of why living in this new Internet age so freaking exciting and amazing! Continue reading
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Beach House, Editor's Picks, Get Behind Me Satan, Merge Records, Spoon, the white stripes, Transference, Vampire Weekend
PREVIEW: Listen to “Written In Reverse” at NPR
“Written In Reverse” is the first single off of Spoon’s Transference, and if it’s any indication of the rest of the effort, we’re in for quite a different experience than 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Lead singer Britt Daniel‘s vocals are less concise–sprawling over the dirty, rock ‘n’ roll background. It’s repetitious, basic and busy. Yet, the track works, somehow. Evoking some visions of The White Stripes‘ experimentation on Get Behind Me Satan, Transference very well could be a new chapter in Spoon’s interesting career. However, we’ll just have to wait until its release to get the final verdict.
Spoon’s Transference is out via Merge Records on January 19th.
–John Cassillo, Reviews Editor