Beach House Take a Break

Beach House take a break, reflecting on their lo-fi pop music for a moment, giving us a chance to listen to everything that came before, appreciate it differently.

Beach House's spooky and warm lo-fi pop music continues to breeze past. Beach House pause for thought and take a literal, not musical, break from woozy synths and a steady heartbeat drum-machine pace. I'm inclined to sit, drift and reconsider their dark and spiritual sounds. I listen a little more carefully to two albums that don't spark, but have always burnt right through me.

I just heard "Used To Be," a song released in the gap between touring and recording an album next year. "Used To Be" indicates the duo are far from washed-out; in this pit-stop the duo take their time, sit in dunes far from any road, and stare at the ocean. As they do, and before they move on, I want to be ready to follow. I'm reacquainting myself with albums that I flew through--wobbling harmonies that conjure faded memories of crisp and bright days--the sort of days when you need to slow right down and take a look around to really understand what's happening, what's happened.

TMN Editor Mike Deri Smith is no gourmet, he just has an abnormally large stomach. He lives in London. More by Mike Deri Smith

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