Last week, Baltimore’s Beach House (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand) casually released their new single “Myth” and label Sub Pop confirmed that Bloom, the duo’s fourth LP, would be released on May 15th. Bloom will arrive amidst a swell of anticipation building from Beach House’s utterly amazing 2010 LP, Teen Dream, and some interesting statements being made by the band. In a recent article in Brit music mag NME, Alex noted that they wanted Bloom to be a “definitive statement” like The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and The Cure’s Disintegration. Lofty aspirations to be sure.
“Myth” is signature Beach House dream pop. Alex’s steady building and spaced out guitar rhythms fuse with Victoria’s captivating voice. With lyrics like “let the ashes fly” and “you can’t keep hangin’ on to all that’s dead and gone,” the new single seems to confirm early reports that Bloom will be a bit darker than Teen Dream. Even with touches of grim lyrical content, “Myth” continues Beach House’s immaculate reputation for crafting stunningly resplendent sonic experiences, start to finish.
Cough up your e-mail address and download “Myth” for free below. Buy Bloom on May 15th here.