have been of the most consistently great bands of the past decade or so, perhaps a little too consistent in their style some might argue, but with their new track "Lemon Glow" it feels like a slight change of direction might be in the air for the idiosyncratic Baltimore duo. The group have been somewhat quiet since a hectic 2015 when they released two full-length albums, in the shape of Depression Cherry
and Thank Your Lucky Stars
, so news of an LP on the horizon will be ethereal music to ears of dream pop fanatics everywhere.
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally flirted with shoegaze on Depression Cherry
, particularly on the jolting track "Sparks" from that album, and now it seems that they're committed even further to this influence, with their new record mixed by Alan Moulder, who worked on My Bloody Valentine's genre-defining Loveless
. "Lemon Glow", a very Beach House name for a song, is typical of the group in some ways. The lyricism is abstract, delivered by means of Victoria Legrand's otherworldly vocal and the group have a knack for creating an atmosphere which is both welcoming and rife with yearning. From the off, the track is pretty accessible, before the more pop-leaning elements are gradually overwhelmed with the fuzzy undercurrent and distant screech of shoegaze guitar-work. It's still very much Beach House, but there's a couple of hints in here to suggest that the new album might diverge from the trusted formula to some extent.
The as-yet-untitled LP will be the group's seventh full-length release and though we've had no exact confirmation of a release date, the duo have promised that it will arrive "later this spring".