That heroin you’ve been saving for a special occasion – bust it out. Here’s a semi-sedated and astounding pop track by Beach House for the week’s rainy days. Let “Norway” be a reminder of the irreplaceable beauty of a woman’s voice. Washed with all this super awesome electronic music lately, it’s possible to forget.
It’s an odd thing to describe a sound as “warm.” Maybe it’s a motherly quality in Victoria Legrand’s soulful (and I almost always refrain from calling things “soulful,”) opera trained and charcoal-ful voice. And there’s the other thing about real singing: words. They are, after all, our primary means of expression: clear and straightforward as you want, or cloudy and impressionistic.
That heroin bit refers to Beach House’s characteristic quarter-twist slower on a metronome. I mean their music is meticulous and unhurried, which earns them labels like “dream pop.” But they’ve graduated a ways from the drum machine that carried their first two albums, and “Norway” introduces a tempo slightly more poppy, less melancholy than their previous stuff.
Teen Dream (“sounds like: making out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” says their myspace) is due out January 26. Of course, it may or may not have already leaked, I may or may not have already heard it, and it is awesome.
“Norway” is here!