Beach House // Live Review

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O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – October 30th

Being a Beach House fan this year has meant being inundated with new material. First there was August’s Depression Cherry, hotly followed by October’s Thank Your Lucky Stars. For all their shimmering moments (and these moments are aplenty), it has felt a little like there was too much material to digest for the show. The duo, comprised of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally and rounded out onstage by Skyler Skjelset and Graham Hill, are obviously feeling it too. Tonight they’re performing in support of the former record, (it’s clear that they probably haven’t had the time to rehearse TYLS). But when the intro peals of ‘Levitation’ softly cradle the crowd, it’s obvious that it doesn’t really matter. Beach House can create a vibe that’s virtually unassailable.

Then it’s onto ‘Beyond Love’. The new songs showcase a newfound spacey ambience which they continue to explore on TYLS – both albums being written simultaneously. The only song that makes it into the set from the new(er) album is ‘One Thing’. The biggest shame is that tonight it sounds like exactly what it is – a deep cut which could have been sacrificed in favour of ‘Norway’, ‘Zebra’ or the phenomenal new ‘Elegy To The Void’.

The set is full of glaring omissions, and perhaps this is Beach House being surefooted, but with a career that’s spanned six albums so far there’s bound to be something missing in the setlist. Despite the absence of friends, old and new, Victoria and Alex cast their rich gossamer threads over the audience, and when they do break out fan favourites like ‘Silver Souls’ and ‘Walk In The Park’ it becomes obvious that we’re caught in their web. Their next live show in support of ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ can only get better.

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Buy: Beach House – Depression Cherry

Buy: Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars