When Beach House first released the single "Sparks" back in 2015, the sonic ideas the duo were teasing towards seemed very exciting; the distorted, fuzzy layers of guitar easily echoed the work of shoegaze giants like My Bloody Valentine, but the track still retained the sparse beauty Beach House excel so greatly at. In a way, I was disappointed that the sounds of Depression Cherry (and Thank Your Lucky Stars after that) did not reflect the ambition teased with "Sparks," and instead felt like a soft retread of much of the duo's past material. Sure, they were still very good albums, but it wasn't hard to notice that the duo's main sound was in danger of being played out.

Fortunately, the duo's newest record7, carries forth those ambitions tenfold. On tracks such as "Dark Spring," "Dive," and "Last Ride," the duo takes their sound in a much grander, darker direction, while not sacrificing their knack for crafting beautiful, enchanting songs. I'd even say it's perhaps the band's most noticeable stylistic pivot since their breakthrough album Teen Dream, and their most enjoyable record since Bloom. The duo cited the "societal insanity of 2016-17" as a strong influence on the album's sound, and each of the record's 11 songs do evoke the notion of some darker aura surrounding them, especially on "Black Car," whose arpeggiated synthesizers, complemented by a heavily pervasive, ominous rhythm, makes for the least Beach House-y song the duo has created up to this point. The only track that most closely resembles the duo's signature sound would be "Lemon Glow," which makes it an appropriate choice for the album's lead single.

Even though 7 contains two more tracks than both of its predecessors, there's hardly a song on here that could be labelled "filler." The album as a whole flows extremely well, and removing one track would certainly disrupt the experience. Although I wouldn't be quick to proclaim 7 as my favorite Beach House record (its a toss up between Devotion and Bloom), it's still one of the duo's most bold efforts in recent memory.

You can listen to the full album, and watch accompanying visuals for each track, below.

Beach House will be embarking on a North American tour later this year, which includes two NYC shows: August 22 at United Palace (tickets) and a sold-out show on August 23 at Kings Theatre. All updated dates are listed below.

Beach House - 2018 Tour Dates
05-11 Mexico City, Mexico – Auditorio Blackberry
05-13 Mayer, AZ – Form Arcosanti
06-02 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
07-26 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
07-27 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
07-28 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
07-30 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
07-31 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
08-02 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
08-03 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08-04 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08-05 San Diego, CA – The Observatory at North Park
08-07 Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
08-08 Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
08-10 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
08-12 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum Theatre
08-14 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
08-15 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
08-17 St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theatre
08-18 Chicago, Il – Chicago Theatre
08-19 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
08-20 Toronto, Ontario – Sony Centre
08-22 New York, NY – United Palace Theatre
08-23 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
08-24 Boston, MA – House of Blues
08-25 Washington, DC – The Anthem
09-25 Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseu dos Recreios
09-26 Porto, Portugal – Teatro sa da Bandeira
09-27 Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
09-28 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz
09-30 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne
10-01 Cologne, Germany – Gloria
10-02 Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
10-04 Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet
10-05 Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn
10-07 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10-08 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet
10-09 Copenhagen, Denmark – Forum Black Box
10-11 Hamburg, Germany – Kampnagel
10-12 Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVredenburg
10-13 Brussels, Belgium – AB
10-15 Paris, France – Olympia
10-17 London, England – Troxy
10-18 London, England – Troxy
10-19 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
10-20 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street

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