Baltimore group Beach House released their third album, Teen Dream, (first on Sub Pop) this week and celebrated with a show at The Bell House in Brooklyn.
Singer/organ player Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally were joined by a drummer, who added a lot to the show. They played mostly from the new album, which is wonderful. It includes a reworking of the 2008 song “Used to Be” that I am loving–it’s a little more rollicking and drawn out–and first single “Norway” is dreamy and beautiful and a little bit poppy. The show, as Legrand said, was “like a birthday party” and the fans there were more than happy to help celebrate. Legrand’s wild hair and throaty voice, along with furry Dr. Seuss-like trees on the stage created a quixotic and magical atmosphere that the new album demands.
Baltimore’s Jana Hunter opened the show and did a good job of forming the dreamy mood. Hunter also has a unique voice, but she is much quieter–which is saying a lot given how calm Beach House’s music is already.
Beach House is heading to Europe now, but returns to the States on March 26 for a cross-country tour behind the album and will be at Webster Hall on May 6. Tickets are on sale now.
All Images: Devorah Klein