Beach House’s fourth album, Bloom, is unquestionably a Beach House record, and one that on the surface feels more like a continuation than the product of evolution. That is, until you go back and hear how far this band has truly come.
The Only Place doesn’t just advance Best Coast’s formula; it perfects it. Producer Jon Brion applies a rich coat of shiny sparkle, as is his wont, but his touch complements these songs without threatening to overwhelm them. At 35 minutes, not a second of the album is wasted, even as Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno wind down the proceedings with a nearly five-minute ballad, “Up All Night.”
My parents sent me these pictures from the New Orleans Times Picayune of Bruce Springsteen at Jazz Fest 2012. Would’ve looooooved to be there.
David Bowie pours a drink.
New On WGRE this week!
Ty Segall & White Fence Hair
Check out the single “I Am Not A Game” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkL26bcfUG0
John Peel’s Record Collection is here and it is so cool. You can’t stream everything unless it’s already on Spotify, but the A-section of his vinyl archive has been scanned and cataloged (B-Z are coming), there are links to his Peel Sessions and podcasts, and there are some never-before-seen home videos to watch. I’m not getting any work done today.