Album: Beach House, Devotion (Bella Union)

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So now that you can find and listen to most new bands online within seconds of hearing their name, what purpose this strange impulse to describe music?

That's a rhetorical question, but one thing we might miss would be the kinds of words and phrases ("woozy", "opiated fuzz" and "soundtrack to a misty French film") that have been used to describe this Baltimore duo.

For myself, the Beach House sound is just a little too like a fish-eye lens flashback of a mescaline-soaked merry-go-round ride. And in what discipline other than album reviewing might you find a description like that?