Beach House (album)

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Beach House
BeachHouse-Album.jpg
Studio album by Beach House
Released October 3, 2006
Genre
Length 36:38
Label Carpark Records
Beach House chronology
Beach House
(2006)
Devotion
(2008)Devotion2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Almost Cool 7/10[3]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[4]
Dusted Magazine favorable[5]
LAS Magazine 8/10[6]
Pitchfork 8.1/10[7]
Prefix Magazine 6.0/10[8]
Stylus Magazine B+[9]

Beach House is the debut studio album by American dream pop band Beach House. It was released on October 3, 2006, through Carpark Records. It was released to mostly positive reviews from music critics.

The album had a remastered reissue in 2010 with a run limited to 1,000 copies on black vinyl.[10] In 2012, a pressing on special edition white vinyl was released through Bella Union.[11] In 2015, the band self-released a white cassette during the Depression Cherry tour.

Composition[edit]

The album has been described as an indie pop record with "shoegazer textures".[12][13] Almost Cool said the band created an album of "lo-fi, hazy summer dream pop".[14] The opening track, "Saltwater", is a lazy, drifting song built on scratchy, low-key synthetic beats that got "flooded with softly spreading guitar distortion and incandescent organ".[13] "Master Of None" has a "more radiant synths and dreamy guitar rolling out over a slightly funkier rhythm."[14] "Auburn And Ivory" is a siren-song of 60's psychedelia and classical influences that's a duller, more stoney take on The Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire".[13] "Childhood" is "the most upbeat song on the album, and it's one of the warmest."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

The album received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15] Pitchfork said the album evoked a "recipe of fairground waltzes, ghosted lullabies, and woodland hymnals" and compared the work of the duo to Mazzy Star, Spiritualized and Slowdive.[16] AllMusic said the album is "one of the most mystical indie-pop surprises to arrive in 2006."[12] Giving the album a positive review, LAS Magazine said the album was made for "made for gray days indoors or late August afternoons spent lying in golden fields staring at blue skies," while comparing it to Yo La Tengo's album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out.[13] Almost Cool said "it sounds like a late summer album, but it's just dark enough that I bet it will sound nice looking out the window to a dusting of snow on the ground as well."[14] Dusted Magazine said it is "a dream of an album."[17] Delusions of Adequacy said the album "is the perfect accompaniment for an introspective day, or night, of watching the globules of a lava lamp slowly float and sink."[15]

Accolades[edit]

The album was included at number sixteen in Pitchfork's list of the top 50 albums of 2006.[18]

Controversy[edit]

The band adapted "Snowdon Song" by 1960s folk group Tony, Caro, and John, changing the key, the time signature, and the lyrics and renaming it "Lovelier Girl" with the trio given zero attribution. Four years after the album's release, the trio contacted them. After amicable discussions on copyright, the authorship of the "Lovelier Girl" version of the song is now jointly attributed to Beach House and Tony Doré of the trio.[19]

"So we settled everything with them and they're fine and we're fine. We made sure all the necessary royalties go to them and all that stuff, and they're in the index as the co-writers," Scally says. "We had no idea on our first record that's how that thing worked. You don't know anything when you're just kids in a basement making a record."

Guitarist Alex Scally didn't like the comparison, saying:[19]

"In case you were trying to link the Sniffy Dog thing with the 'Lovelier Girl' thing, they're completely different. Covering songs on records is completely legal because you do all your royalties and everything. Just stealing a song and using it for a commercial is a much different story. You know, they're not related at all."

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Master of None" was sampled by Canadian singer The Weeknd for his song "The Party & The After Party" off his 2011 debut mixtape "House of Balloons".[20] The song was also used in the Netflix show of the same name,[21] as well as featuring in Miranda July's 2011 German-American drama film The Future.[22]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Beach House except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Saltwater" 2:55
2. "Tokyo Witch" 3:42
3. "Apple Orchard" 4:31
4. "Master of None" 3:19
5. "Auburn and Ivory" 4:30
6. "Childhood" 3:35
7. "Lovelier Girl" (Victoria Legrand, Alex Scally, Tony Doré) 3:02
8. "House on the Hill" 3:14
9. "Heart and Lungs" (hidden track "Rain in Numbers" starts at 5:17) 7:50
Total length: 36:38

Personnel[edit]

Beach House

Additional

  • Rob Girardi – mixing, recording
  • Adam Cooke – recording
  • Rusty Santos – mastering
  • Liz Flyntz – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metacritic score
  2. ^ Beach House | Beach House | AllMusic AllMusic - album review by MacKenzie Wilson.
  3. ^ Beach House - Beach House - almost cool music review Almost Cool - album review.
  4. ^ Beach House - Beach House / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound Drowned in Sound - album review by Jordan Dowling.
  5. ^ Dusted Reviews: Beach House - Beach House Dusted magazine - album review by Bernardo Rondeau.
  6. ^ LAS magazine | music, media, art, culture, life, everything. - Reviews Lost at Sea - album review by Peter Lindblad.
  7. ^ Beach House: Beach House | Album Reviews | Pitchfork Pitchfork Media - album review by Mark Pytlik.
  8. ^ Album Review: Beach House - Beach House | Prefix Prefix Magazine - album review by Jeff Klingman.
  9. ^ Beach House - Beach House - Review - Stylus Magazine Archived November 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Stylus Magazine - album review by Liz Colville.
  10. ^ "Beach House reissue". GORILLA VS. BEAR. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  11. ^ "Beach House "Beach House" and "Devotion" available on vinyl | Bella Union". bellaunion.com. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  12. ^ a b "Beach House - Beach House | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "LAS magazine | music, media, art, culture, life, everything. - Reviews - -". www.lostatsea.net. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  14. ^ a b c "Beach House - Beach House - almost cool music review". www.almostcool.org. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  15. ^ a b Beach House by Beach House, retrieved 2017-05-10 
  16. ^ Pytlik, Mark (2006-10-11). "Beach House: Beach House | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  17. ^ "Dusted Reviews: Beach House - Beach House". www.dustedmagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  18. ^ Staff, Pitchfork (2006-12-19). "Staff Lists: Top 50 Albums of 2006 | Features". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  19. ^ a b Farah, Troy (2013-04-04). "Beach House Has Some Beef with Volkswagen". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  20. ^ "The Weeknd: House of Balloons". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  21. ^ "Aziz Ansari on the Music of "Master of None": Father John Misty, Aphex Twin, Arthur Russell, and More | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  22. ^ "The 10 Best Beach House Songs". Stereogum. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2017-05-10.