Beach House – Devotion

Baltimore duo Beach House (Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally) releases their sophomore effort today. Devotion features eleven well-crafted ambient and almost dark emotional pop songs rooted deep in folk sentiments.

A native of Baltimore, Alex began playing the piano in elementary school and picked up various other instruments throughout his high school years. Victoria, born in Paris and still fluent in French, also lived in Baltimore, Cecil County, Philadelphia and Paris again before landing back in Baltimore, where she and Alex were introduced by a mutual friend. At the age of 7, Victoria began classical training on the piano and started formal voice lessons at the age of 14. Four years later, she began writing her own songs rather than singing the words of others.

The talent and years of training for both Alex and Victoria shines through on Devotion, much as it did on their self-titled debut release in 2006. Folky influences and aspects of the record shine through on the first track, “Wedding Bells.” Victoria sings out, “Your wish is my command” in the opening track, proving just how aptly the disc is titled. Her vocals are sultry and both have a dark instrumentation that gives the entire disc a dream-like feel. It took me a few spins to enjoy the album, but it’s grown on me with each listen and may just find its way into a top list at the year’s end.

Pick up a copy of Devotion today, out on Carpark Records. In support of Devotion, Beach House will be conducting a five week tour across North America. Dates below.

Preview “Gila”

Beach House
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Carpark Records website | myspace

Tour dates:

February 28th – Baltimore, MD @ The G Spot

February 29th – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

March 1st – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

March 2nd – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree Cafe

March 3rd – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe

March 4th – Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo

March 5th – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

March 6th – Houston, TX @ Walter’s on Washington

March 7th – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

March 8th – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s

March 10th – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture

March 11th – Phoenix, AZ @ Modified

March 12th – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

March 13th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

March 14th – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Steynberg Gallery

March 15th – San Fracisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

March 17th – Portland, OR @ Holocene

March 18th – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe

March 19th – Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club

March 21st – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

March 22nd – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

March 24th – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown

March 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

March 26th – Chicago, IL @ Schubas

March 27th – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop

March 28th – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo

March 29th – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Populo

March 30th – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House

March 31st – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

April 1st – Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan University

April 2nd – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

April 3rd – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbery

April 4th – Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel


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