Legrand performing in 2009
May 28, 1981 |
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Associated acts||Beach House|
Legrand was born in Paris, France, but was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was trained on piano as a child, but says she quit studying at age eighteen. She studied drama at Vassar College, while and after graduating, relocated to Paris to study acting at the International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq. After graduating from Vassar College and becoming "disenchanted with theater school in Paris," she moved back to Philadelphia in 2004.
In 2004, Legrand met Baltimore-native Alex Scally, and they quickly formed a two-piece band. Legrand often mentions how organically they work together, and how, in Scally, she found her "musical soulmate." The two have recorded seven studio albums for Beach House: Beach House (2006), Devotion (2008), Teen Dream (2010), Bloom (2012), Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars (2015), and 7 (2018)
Songwriting and influences
Legrand and Scally write music anywhere between eight and 16 hours a day, and strive to create thoughtful music they feel strongly about. Legrand often emphasizes the honesty, thoughtfulness, and authenticity Beach House tries to get across in their music. Legrand laments the references to Beach House as being "wafty, wavy, floaty, dreamy," and insists on the band's loudness and all-encompassing soundscapes they create: "We are a loud band. OK, so it's not abrasive, but it's not soft."
Legrand has said in interviews that she wishes audiences would focus on the craft of their songwriting; She commented, "what you're feeling is the craft, that everything is there with intention," as opposed to the individual sounds that surround "the real meat of it all....There's a lot of great sounds in music, but it's not gonna necessarily make you feel something." She is protective of the identity of the band and cautiously chooses how they expose themselves to their audience.
|"Slow Life"||2009||Grizzly Bear||The Twilight Saga: New Moon (soundtrack)||Featured vocalist|
|"Two Weeks"||Veckatimest||Backing vocalist|
|"Seven Stars"||2011||Air||Le voyage dans la lune||Lyricist, featured vocalist|
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