[mp3] Beach House: "Norway"
Today marks the release of Beach House's latest record Teen Dream. This album, Beach Houses' third, is nothing short of a masterpiece. As Animal Collective did last January with Merriweather Post Pavilion, Beach House has set the bar incredibly high for 2010.
Teen Dream represents the high water mark in not only the duo's songwriting talents, but also in their production techniques. Lush autumnal soundscapes are tastefully laid bare behind intertwining harmonies and the most compelling melodies and lyrics Beach House have produced to date. From the melancholy sadness of "Used to Be" to the dreamy opener "Zebra" Teen Dream delivers the complete package of a true album, holding strong through all ten tracks with a mature, accessible sound yet, one that consistently upholds the duo's artistic integrity and ability to move the entire genre ever forward.