Used to Be

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Directed by Matt Amato, the video for Beach House’s song “Used to Be” is a study in light and loneliness. Long shadows and fading colors of a dusty desert town provide a backdrop for Beach House band mates Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, who appear smartly outfitted in retro '70s attire, despite the seeming absence of an occasion for it. Their characters hold preoccupied glances into mirrors and out windows that overlook things like an ambling train and a sturdy little white church with a makeshift cross sticking out the chimney; meanwhile, the spacious instrumentation matching the simplicity of the scene. The video exits with rhythmic pulses and a classic sunset convertible escape into the dessert. Lulu McAllister