Beach House - Depression Cherry (2015) [Official Digital Download]

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Beach House - Depression Cherry (2015) [Official Digital Download]

Beach House - Depression Cherry (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 44:49 minutes | 545 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. They have been a band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is their 5th full-length record. This record follows the release of their self-titled album in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010, Bloom, and Depression Cherry in 2012. Depression Cherry was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November ’14 through January ’15. This time period crossed the anniversaries of both John Lennon’s and Roy Orbison’s death. In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove them towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from their natural tendencies. Here, they continue to evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.

It's easy for artists in any medium to be seduced into believing their latest project must be more elaborate than what came before. On Depression Cherry, however, Beach House reject the notion that bigger is inherently better. Where Bloom took their crystalline dream pop to lavish heights, these songs revisit the simpler approach of Beach House and Devotion. While it's a bold choice, the results are delicate: even by Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand's standards, these songs are remarkably poignant and insular. Throughout the album, the duo conjures a feeling of intimacy surrounded by vastness, with "Space Song"'s arpeggiated keyboards suggesting stars shooting through an endless sky. Beach House's return to the unabashedly artificial sound of their early albums is a potent reminder of how well they contrast with Legrand's lush, empathetic vocals; on "Bluebird," she sings "I would not ever try to capture you" over a busy rhythm that calls attention to how clunky and mechanical it is. Her ability to sound at once comforting and heartbreaking on the bookends "Levitation" and "Days of Candy" speaks to the sensuous nature of Depression Cherry's, and Beach House's, melancholy; it's like a flavor or color that can be savored, even in its simplest incarnations. Scally and Legrand reintroduce some of Bloom's fullness on "PPP" – which almost sounds like it was produced by Phil Spector compared to the rest of the album – and "Sparks," which with its dense keyboards and cooing vocal harmonies could be a collaboration between Stereolab and My Bloody Valentine. Elsewhere, the influence of the duo's more recent work is more subtle, revealing itself in the sophisticated minimalism of songs such as "10:37." While it may not be as immediately inviting as Bloom or Teen Dream, Depression Cherry is more than just an admirable exercise in challenging conventional notions of success. It's a grower that demands and rewards close listening – especially under headphones, where it unfolds like a spell cast just for the listener.


01 - Levitation
02 - Sparks
03 - Space Song
04 - Beyond Love
05 - 10:37
06 - PPP
07 - Wildflower
08 - Bluebird
09 - Days of Candy

Analyzed: Beach House / Depression Cherry

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR5 -0.36 dB -8.23 dB 5:55 01-Levitation
DR5 -0.36 dB -6.84 dB 5:21 02-Sparks
DR6 -0.36 dB -8.08 dB 5:20 03-Space Song
DR5 -0.36 dB -6.65 dB 4:25 04-Beyond Love
DR6 -0.38 dB -8.64 dB 3:49 05-10:37
DR5 -0.39 dB -8.21 dB 6:09 06-PPP
DR6 -0.39 dB -7.63 dB 3:39 07-Wildflower
DR6 -0.36 dB -7.43 dB 3:55 08-Bluebird
DR5 -0.36 dB -7.54 dB 6:16 09-Days of Candy

Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR5

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1579 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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