Beach House hope that their new album ‘7’ can be something of a rebirth. Whereas the Baltimore duo previously tried to limit themselves to what they thought they could perform live in the recording process, on their latest LP Alex Scally & Victoria Legrand chose to ignore those boundaries in order to fully explore their sound. As Victoria explained in a statement earlier this year, the album includes “some songs with no guitar, and some without keyboard. There are songs with layers and production that we could never recreate live, and that is exciting to us.”
‘7’ is the band’s first album in three years, except from their ‘B-Sides and Rarities’ release last year, after the double release of albums, ‘Depression Cherry’and ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ in 2015. We’ve heard snippets of the new album with previously shared tracks ‘Dark Spring’, ‘Dive’ and ‘Lemon Glow’.
Now, newly released track ‘Black Car’ retains the duo’s dreamy, hazy sound, beginning with a mesmerising, undulating synth line, and builds into a lush, multi-layered soundscape. Singer/keyboardist Victoria’s voice hovers above it all with hypnotising vocals, crooning things like “I skipped a rock and it fell to the bottom” and “Each time I’m walking at night, I can’t close my eyes”. It’s Beach House as you know it, for sure, but with a little bit of a twist. Listen below.