One of my favorite things about Beach House is their album covers. I promise this isn’t a burn; from soft golden tones to graphic patterns, the cover says a lot about the content for this Baltimore band. The art for Lemon Glow, a single released on February 15, looks like a contorted version of the cover from their 2012 album, Bloom. There’s a similarity within the musical content as well; the distorted synth on the single mimics the synths in Bloom (particularly “Other People” and “On the Sea”), and the same chugging hi-hat is heard on “Troublemaker”. While these connections between past and present may seem repetitive, they add a nostalgic nature to the band’s already timeless sound.
In anticipation of Beach House’s forthcoming album, Lemon Glow sets the stage for a distorted take on their familiar sound. The wobbling effect on the chord progression gives the listener the nauseating sensation of being head-over-heels in-love. Vocalist Victoria Legrand makes an even stronger connection between love and illness with her lyrics- “See this state I’m in / Is crawling in my skin / Fevers took me back / And turned me inside out.” She is unable to shake her lover from her system, and it doesn’t sound like she particularly wants to. Near the end of the song, she sings, “It’s what you do / This pulls me through / I come alive / You stay all night.” Legrand’s seesawing between disease and tonic adds to the song’s lovesick message.
My excitement for this upcoming album cannot be denied. I saw Beach House front row at Pitchfork Music Festival in 2016. Since then, I’ve confidently called them one of my all-time favorite bands. Legrand’s voice is one-of-a-kind, and Beach House is appropriate for so many moods. Versatile and enchanting, this band is one to watch.