Aaron Worley | Contributing Writer
In recent years, about 5 or so, there has been a resurgence of albums relating to the dream pop genre, getting buzz from their associating fans and respected critics. These albums provide a pervasive feeling of warmth and comfort; something soothing to the ears.
Certain artists that trail this style of musical production tend to be spacious and inviting, stretching out an arm to grab onto and allowing strong introspective tendencies, chartering the journey to a natural stop and start.
Beach House, in particular, have released a string of albums that have flourished under this method of musical production, and their latest craft, Thank Your Lucky Stars, follows their continuation of creating an engaging atmosphere of crafts and feelings.
Following the release of Depression Cherry, the preceding album before Thank Your Lucky Stars, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, the somber duo of Beach House, unexpectedly gifted the public with TYLS and introduced a project that complexed their musical familiarity. The soporific element is of course present, but the space that the sound is traveling through almost feels condensed, as if a small bedroom is being filled with the eerie notes and discords.
This is not a negative aspect of the album at all, as it in fact serves as the complete opposite; a catalyst to project more powerful emotions from Legrand’s vocal refrain.
On “She’s So Lovely”, the softness of her voice adds clarity to what is meaning to be conveyed. “All I have to do/Is everything for you” she sings on the track, and the delivery of her words, flowing together as if seamlessly connected by her admiration of this mysterious person, draws empathy and sadness. For these highlighted emotions, there is a connection, like an electric bond that takes the listening mind away.
The next track, “All Your Yeahs”, gives way to an electro-synth keyboard that repeats in the background and tunes into a ‘90s-era vibe, quietly shadowing the other vocals in the track and allowing for pleasing moods of wonder and marvel to stay present, one after the other.
Halfway through the album, starting with the song, “The Traveller”, chords fight with each other, creating a pleasant sound of dissonance while simultaneously developing further into isolation and distance. A macabre feeling goes hand in hand with the established somber atmosphere, and overtakes all previous moods.
Further noticeable on “Elegy To The Void”, this ability to complete overlap and separate dispositions in a string of songs is one of Beach House’s greatest fortes; an ability that they have employed to great success, both critically and musically. Generating a feeling for an album and how the musicians want their sounds intellectually processed is what grants the highest relation amongst fans and even other artists, thus establishing melodic superiority.
Thank Your Lucky Stars should not be simply considered an album, but rather a trek into a dimension that invites anyone in, whether they are willing to accept the range of feelings that will take place in their psyche or not.
In this case, it can be concluded as one of the best Beach House releases to date, and sticks out as a worthy competitor against any ‘exploration’ albums in the last decade.