Beach House - Depression Cherry Review

Album Review

Following their four previous albums, which have all received wide critical acclaim, anticipating what route the Baltimore dream pop duo would take for their fifth effort had stumped both critics and listeners alike. 

 

When mulling over that “troublesome second album,” the question of risk constantly arises with regard to option a) sticking to a distinctive sound but risk a potentially lackluster follow up, or option b) deviating from the status-quo and risk alienating your stalwart listeners. However, now five albums in, Depression Cherry is an everlasting reminder that Beach House’s characteristic sound continues to be as dynamic and fulfilling as it ever was.

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Beach House - Beyond Love

 
Both members Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand have already noted that Depression Cherry is, “a return to simplicity” with “live drums playing a far lesser role.” (Triple J, 2015)  Although you’d expect that this might detract from the overall sound of the album, this certainly isn’t the case, ‘10.37’ boasts minimalist, high delay drums from the very start which do nothing but compliment Legrand’s haunting vocals. However, tracks such as ‘Beyond Love’ also go to showcase Beach House’s progression into distorted pastures whilst still clinging to the ethereal sound that has won the band so much praise since their inception. 
 
 

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Depression Cherry has been widely anticipated in the run up to its release, and deservedly so. The fifth LP brings with it a range of sound, the album as a whole, yet ‘Space Song’ in particular, harks back to Beach House’s first self-titled effort, but also looks brightly forward to avenues the Baltimore duo may explore in the future.
Beach House are now embarking on a world tour following the release of Depression Cherry, the UK dates include the 24th October in Belfast at The Mandela Hall, 26th October at ABC in Glasgow, 27th October in Manchester at The Ritz and finally, a double header on the 30th and 31st October at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London. 

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