Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House are set to release Bloom, their follow-up to 2010’s highly acclaimed Teen Dream, on May 15. So far we’ve already heard the pristine opening track ‘Myth’ and the soaring new single ‘Lazuli’, and now (for those who haven’t already downloaded the leak) you can stream the entirety of Bloom courtesy of NPR. While it’s tough to say this early on how the album holds up against the remarkable Teen Dream, it’s safe to say Bloom is easily one of the very best LP’s of 2011 so far (perhaps second only to Chromatics’ Kill For Love), and fans of the group will not be disappointed. The key Beach House ingredients – frosty analog keys, Alex Scally’s swoony slide guitar, Victoria Legrand’s alluring vocals and tales of heartache – are all on display and in fine form here. The production, handled once again by Chris Coady (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear), continues to grow ever more refined, and the songs sound like a natural evolution from Teenage Dream, which makes Bloom feel like an immensely satisfying, if perhaps a little risk-free, sequel of sorts.
Stream Bloom below (via NPR).
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