Album: Beach House, Bloom (Bella Union)

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The Independent Culture

For their fourth album, Beach House, the Baltimore dreampop duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand have finessed their vision to perfection.

Bloom's 10 tracks never deviate from a sound which draws upon the ethereal 1980s sounds of Talk Talk and the Blue Nile and evokes feelings of non-specific nostalgia. With its delicate harmonies, tinkling keyboard arpeggios and reverb-drenched guitar, its pristine unity is never disrupted. It is what it is. And what it is is beautiful.