CIMS RECOMMENDS: BEACH HOUSE

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Beach House has ranked high on the list of top-ten most anticipated indie albums of 2012. After teasing their fanbase with a dreamy single, “Myth,” Bloom arrives. Melodic and trancey, Bloom expounds upon the duo’s successful 2010 release of Teen Dream. Singer Victoria Lagrand’s distinctive voice is a reverb-soaked, alto version of the ethereal Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser. Yet rather than bombarding us with phonetic nonsense, Lagrand pens more direct poetry to anchor the drifty and wayward music. “If you build yourself a myth / Know just what to give,” the opening lines to the first track’s chorus, may not be intended to describe this band’s journey, but the duo is certainly a testament to the idea that creating mystique around your art draws people in. Beach House’s popularity has climbed steadily and quickly over the course of their four releases. Though their sound evolves less quickly than this, fans are loyal to the duo’s dream-weaving textures, comprised largely of guitars run through delay pedals and their vast collection of quirky keyboard instruments scored at thrift stores. Be sure to listen to “Lazuli,” “Troublemaker,” and “On the Sea.” Bloom arrives just in time for your windows-down drive to the beach.

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