Live at the Roundhouse, London
|Origin||Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Genres||Indie rock, dream pop|
|Labels||Carpark, Bella Union, Sub Pop, We Are Free, Arts & Crafts México|
Beach House is a dream pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2006 to critical acclaim and has been followed by Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010, and Bloom in 2012.
Formation and Beach House 
Guitarist Alex Scally, and vocalist and organist Victoria Legrand formed the band in 2004, producing music composed largely of organ, programmed drums, and slide guitar. In an interview Pitchfork Media, LeGrand addressed their unique two member status; "[I]t's a way to challenge ourselves: What do you do when it's just the two of you... [O]ne of the reasons this has been such a fulfilling experience for me is that with two people, it's so much easier to achieve things that feel exciting and new."
The song "Apple Orchard" was featured on a Pitchfork Media MP3 mixtape in August 2006. In October 2006 the band's self-titled debut album, Beach House, was released through Carpark Records. That year, Pitchfork Media ranked it 16th on its Best Albums list.
Devotion and other projects 
Beach House's second album, Devotion, was released on February 26, 2008. It was received with similar acclaim and was included in Pitchfork's Best Albums of 2008 list. On October 21, 2008, the group released the single "Used to Be".
In 2009, Legrand provided backing vocals on the song "Two Weeks" by the indie rock band Grizzly Bear. She later collaborated with the band again by providing vocals to "Slow Life", the band's contribution to the soundtrack for the film Twilight: New Moon.
Teen Dream 
Teen Dream, the duo's "dynamic and intense" third album, was released on Sub Pop on January 26, 2010. The album was released in the UK by Bella Union and in Mexico by Arts & Crafts. It contains a newer version of their 2008 single "Used to Be". "Norway" was made available as a free download on the band's website on November 17, 2009; and promoted on iTunes as the Free Single of the Week starting January 12, 2010. The album was produced and engineered by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear). The album's unanimously good reviews have gained the band a much larger fan base, with Jay-Z and Beyoncé being spotted at the band's shows.
- Teen Dream did little to alter Beach House's core characteristics-- slow-motion beats layered with hazy keyboard drones, rippling guitar figures, and Victoria Legrand's melancholic melodies-- but greatly amplified them to the point of redefining the band's essence, from that of introverted knee-gazers into an assured, emotionally assertive force.--Stuart Berman
On March 7, 2012 the band streamed a new song, "Myth", from their website. The album Bloom was released on May 15, 2012 via Sub Pop. A second song from the album, "Lazuli", was released on April 13, 2012. Beach House was featured on the cover of Issue #80 of the Fader.  A music video for "Lazuli" was released on June 6, 2012, directed by Allen Cordell, who also directed the video for "Walk in the Park" from Teen Dream. A music video for the track "Wild" has also been released. A music video for "Wishes" directed by Eric Wareheim and starring Ray Wise was released on March 7, 2013.
Band members 
- Beach House
- Victoria Legrand – lead vocals, keyboards
- Alex Scally – guitar, bass pedals, keyboards, backing vocals
- Touring musician
- Daniel Franz – drums, percussion
Musical style and influences 
Singer Victoria Legrand's vocals have often been compared to those of Nico. Some music outlets have also compared Legrand's vocals to 1980s psychedelic rock vocalist Kendra Smith of the band Opal. Guitarist Alex Scally plays a Fender Stratocaster guitar in an E♭ Tuning.
The group's influences include This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, The Zombies, Maximilian Hecker, Brian Wilson, Françoise Hardy, Neil Young, Big Star and Chris Bell. Another known influence is the 60's folk group Tony, Caro and John. Beach House re-recorded that band's "Snowdon Song", renamed it "Lovelier Girl", and released it on its self-titled album with no attribution. Initially, Tony Dore of Tony, Caro and John stated, "I haven't seen much yet in terms of royalties or acknowledgement of authorship". Several months later, however, Dore responded that discussions had taken place to apply proper attribution on re-releases of the Beach House debut. 
Sample of the song "Apple Orchard" from the Beach House album Beach House.
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- Beach House (Carpark Records, 2006)
- Devotion (Carpark Records, 2008)
- Teen Dream (Sub Pop Records, 2010)
- Bloom (Sub Pop Records, 2012)
Singles and EPs 
- "Apple Orchard" (2006)
- "Master of None" (2006)
- "Heart of Chambers" (2008)
- "Gila" (2008)
- "You Came to Me" (2008)
- "Used to Be" (Carpark Records, 2009)
- "Norway" (Bella Union, 2010)
- "Zebra EP" (Sub Pop Records, 2010)
- iTunes Session (Sub Pop Records, 2010)
- "I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun" (2010)
- "Myth" (2012)
- "Lazuli" (Sub Pop Records, 2012)
Live performances 
In April 2010, the band performed at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. In June 2010, the band surmounted "technical difficulties due to too much MDMA" while playing a set on The Park Stage at Glastonbury. In August 2010, the band joined Vampire Weekend on tour as one of their two opening acts, the other being the Dum Dum Girls. In October 2010, Beach House played at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. On December 20, 2010 the band performed on Conan.
The band was chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival they curated in May 2011, and also by Portishead to perform at the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival that they curated in July 2011 at London's Alexandra Palace. On May 29, 2011 the band played at the Sasquatch! Music Festival. On July 31, 2011 the band played at the Fuji Rock music festival in Niigata, Japan. On October 16, 2011, the band played at the Treasure Island Music Festival. On May 18, 2012, they appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and on Sunday July 15, 2012, they performed the closing set on the Red Stage during the Pitchfork Music Festival.
In May 2012, the band appeared on Later... with Jools Holland playing "Myth" and "Lazuli" from their 2012 album, Bloom. On July 26, 2012 they performed the Bloom cuts "Wild" and "Wishes" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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