Album Review: Beach House — Once Twice Melody

Beach House’s newest EP, Once Twice Melody, is only a taste of their upcoming album releasing later on December 8th. But you can already tell it will be a change of pace from their past work, sometimes coming off more like a movie soundtrack than a regular album. Although for the duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, this is normal. Their moody and patient indie electronic music has taken the indie scene by storm for over a decade now. On their newest, they seem to only up the production with more complicated ensembles. This means featuring wailing electronic guitar, huge string sections, lowkey drums, and of course their signature synths you can fall into like memory foam. 

The teaser for the upcoming album reads “While there are a lot of new sounds, many of the drum machines, organs, keyboards, and tones that listeners may associate with previous Beach House records are still present throughout many of the compositions.” These core sounds are the secret ingredients to Beach House’s music. You’ll know them when you hear them. Many have imitated but none come close. 

Interestingly enough the teaser also says this album will be the first that is entirely self-produced by the duo. On previous albums, Legrand’s voice has done most of the heavy lifting to compliment their synths, drum machines, etc. that they’re known for, but this album is different. It seems as if lyrics are taking a backseat to a renewed creativity. I for one, cannot wait.