photos by Jonny Leather

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"This is kind of like a birthday party," said Victoria Legrend, one half the Baltimore duo Beach House, before a sold-out crowd at the Bell House in Brooklyn Tuesday night (Jan. 26). "A fascist birthday party."

The delicate interplay between Legrend, Scally and the added live drummer was pronounced in the quaint, 350-capacity venue, allowing Beach House to flesh out the subtlety of its arrangements for a room hanging on to every squiggling guitar line and breathy "oh-oh" harmony. Legrend's deep, Kate Bush-style vocals had a powerful, hypnotizing effect, with songs like "Norway" and "Silver Soul" showcasing the diversity of her range.

The set played heavily on songs from the new effort, but songs like "Heart of Chambers" and the slow seduction of "Gila" from "Devotion" pleased attentive concertgoers yearning for the familiarity of those well-worn songs. That familiarity only to deepen with the release of "Teen Dream," which feels nostalgic, lonesome and beautiful all at once. Last night, Beach House allowed us into its intimate world, and it's a party we won't soon be forgetting.[Billboard]

Beach House celebrated the release of their new album, Teen Dream, with a show at the Bell House on Tuesday, January 26th. Jana Hunter opened.

Beach House tour Europe this February, then pick up with North American tour dates in March, April and May. On May 6th, they return to NYC with a Webster Hall show. That gig and others will be opened by Washed Out. Tickets are still on sale (but not for long?).

Bachelorette opens other dates on the tour.

More pictures and a video from the show are below...

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Beach House - "Take Care" @ The Bell House (1/26/10)