Life’s a Beach
Baltimore duo Beach House recently brought their brand of pared back electro dreampop to the magnificent Troxy to a packed adoring crowd of slowly swaying acolytes BY SIMON BARKER
Their sound is that of emotionally detached fragility and layered intimacy which is exactly what we got. Even bolstered with a live drummer, they never seemed to awake from their solipsistic slumber, with one arpeggio-drenched song seemingly blending into the next; the remoteness of the music being matched by the inertia of Victoria Legrand at the keyboard save for a moments of incongruous headbanging, but I guess that’s the point. The lighting and imagery was sparsely used but I needed more to drag me out of my narcoleptic drowse which was finally broken by a more immersive and pulsing New Order-inflected final song. In the end, Beach House offered exactly what their fans wanted to see, but I wanted more.
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