Beach House Devotion
- Words: Michael Byrne
- Label: Carpark
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
The delicate, languid, minimalist pop of Baltimore duo Beach House’s Devotion is a glimmering dream. These love songs creep forward in bossa nova rhythms and even meters like they're chasing after a slowly receding tide. Victoria Legrand sings in a cave-echoed voice that bridges between a sort of one-room-over ethereality and a pungent melody, gliding over the mix (drums, piano, and organ, mostly) like a low-hanging cloud, stretching her words into near incomprehensibility. Her high, breathy peaks on "Turtle" are charmingly imperfect, while "Gila"'s slide guitar dances with her voice like a returned lover, hopelessly devoted.
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