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Beach House - Bloom (2012) [Official Digital Download]

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Beach House - Bloom (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Beach House - Bloom (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 60:33 minutes | 707 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Bloom is the spectacular follow-up to Beach House's 2010 critically acclaimed work, Teen Dream. Written over a course of two years, the album is a masterful landscape of chords, shimmering guitar lines, melodies, rhythms and textures, meant to be experienced as a singular vision. Led by the hit single "Myth", the album has already garnered high regards from CBS and Pitchfork. The recording exposes the fragile, yet beautiful, journey of our existence. Bloom is a dynamic and lush album that highlights the crafty sound of the indie pop-duo.

"It's a strange paradise," Victoria LeGrand sings at one point on Beach House's fourth album Bloom, and there isn't a more apt description of the beautifully heartbroken mood that she and Alex Scally create here. Reuniting with Teen Dream engineer Chris Coady, the duo designed the album to be listened to as a whole, and fittingly, it often feels more like a suite than a collection of songs. This ambition is admirable, but it also means that it takes a while for individual moments to emerge from the album's beautiful haze. Indeed, Bloom may be Beach House's most sonically gorgeous album yet, with an icy sheen that doesn't warm up much, even when recordings of locusts and seagulls show up between tracks; it's easy to imagine LeGrand exhaling clouds of mist while singing the backing vocals on "Lazuli." While the endearing, sometimes awkward intimacy of Beach House's earlier work – which felt like LeGrand was crooning confessions over creaky, vintage keyboards and drum machines just for you – is missed, Bloom's shimmering remoteness enhances the album's philosophical, searching approach to love and loss. It's a mood and setting perfect for LeGrand's vocals, which have never sounded richer or more world-weary: "What comes after this momentary bliss? Help me to name it," she calls out on the opening track "Myth," a sentiment echoed later by "Wishes," where she wonders, "How's it supposed to feel?" Emotional moments such as these take their time to emerge, but when they do, they're riveting, particularly on "Troublemaker," which recalls Beach House's previous albums in its delicate dance between sad, stark verses and more hopeful choruses, and on the beautifully resigned "Irene," where a whimsical keyboard melody offsets and underscores the feeling of loss at the same time. Since Bloom's suite-like flow downplays Beach House's poppy side (with the notable exceptions "Other People" and "The Hours"), it's not the band's most immediate music, but the album's challenging mix of heartbroken words and aloof sounds rewards patient and repeated listening.

Tracklist:

01 - Myth
02 - Wild
03 - Lazuli
04 - Other People
05 - The Hours
06 - Troublemaker
07 - New Year
08 - Wishes
09 - On the Sea
10 - Irene

Analyzed: Beach House / Bloom
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR6 0.00 dB -8.22 dB 4:19 01-Myth
DR6 0.00 dB -7.62 dB 4:58 02-Wild
DR6 0.00 dB -8.49 dB 5:02 03-Lazuli
DR7 0.00 dB -8.56 dB 4:25 04-Other People
DR6 0.00 dB -7.46 dB 4:12 05-The Hours
DR6 -0.39 dB -8.55 dB 4:56 06-Troublemaker
DR6 0.00 dB -7.55 dB 5:26 07-New Year
DR6 0.00 dB -8.39 dB 4:47 08-Wishes
DR6 -0.21 dB -9.58 dB 5:32 09-On the Sea
DR7 0.00 dB -10.87 dB 16:57 10-Irene
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR6

Samplerate: 48000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1016 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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