New Music Report: Beach House


New Music Report: Beach HouseRolling Stone editor Kevin O'Donnell's new pick this week is Teen Dream from Beach House. On their past two records, this Baltimore duo crafted pretty dreamy pop tunes made with little more than some junk-shop keyboards, a guitar and cheap drum machines. But their ambitions and production techniques have grown on their third record, which is also their first for the big indie label Sub Pop. Lead single "Norway" piles breathy choral vocals and droney guitar lines on top of singer Victoria Legrand's husky voice, which has the sort of effortless power of singers like Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick. Elsewhere, the band dips into some electro-pop cheese on songs like "Lover of Mine" and gets epic on the sweeping track "10 Mile Stereo," one of the album's best tracks. Overall, this is one of the prettiest records to come out so far this year.

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