After dropping the delightful “Lemon Glow” and a cryptic message about a forthcoming album last month, local dream-pop duo Beach House returned this morning with a new song, “Dive,” and a name and release date for their seventh album, the appropriately titled “7.”
There’s an additional layer of significance: In an essay over at the website of the band’s label, Sub Pop, members Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally note they have now recorded and released 77 songs together.
“Dive” is a beautiful, droning daydream that about halfway through turns into a churning psychedelic stomp with the help of rolling percussion. Like “Lemon Glow,” it shows Legrand and Scally pushing the core elements of their sound in new directions while maintaining the sublime staples. Listen below.
Turns out this sound is the result of a new creative process, according to the essay.
“Throughout the process of recording ‘7,’ our goal was rebirth and rejuvenation. We wanted to rethink old methods and shed some self-imposed limitations. In the past, we often limited our writing to parts that we could perform live. On ‘7,’ we decided to follow whatever came naturally. As a result, there are some songs with no guitar, and some without keyboard. There are songs with layers and production that we could never recreate live, and that is exciting to us. Basically, we let our creative moods, instead of instrumentation, dictate the album’s feel.”
“7” is due out May 11 on Sub Pop. The band also announced a tour in support of the album, and while there is no Baltimore date just yet, the U.S. leg ends at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 25, before the band heads to Europe in late September.
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