Beach House have a simple, magical formula that they never stray through over the course of their eponymous Carpark debut. That formula – which produces a perfectly pleasing blend of spacey, mellow, pop consists of the following elements:
- extremely primitive and minimal drum machine beats that don't vary at all over the course of a song and never get in the way or assert themselves at all really
- Alex Scally's gentle electric guitar – often played with slide
- the gorgeously languid voice and electric piano of Victoria LeGrand
The group is so subtle that I initially overlooked their album but then I had the pleasure of seeing them live and was astounded. Not that they put on a dazzling live show that departs from the album - their live shows is just as subtle as their record – in fact they didn't get out of their chairs at all, but hearing them perform it live really helped to convey the emotion and intensity of the music.
Perfect music for fans of Mazzy Star, Galaxie 500, Nico, the shoegazer sound, and anything mellow, dreamy, droney, spacey or cosmic.