Musical Rooms

November 25, 2008

Musical Rooms Part 49: Beach House

Filed under: Interviews,Music,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 12:02 pm
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“We don’t have a favorite space as such, but we have a room in a house and it is as lovely as it needs to be. The room is in my house in Baltimore city and it’s our default favourite. The room is all blue, smells like a carpeted basement (which it is) and is completely packed with organs and keyboards. Concrete and flourecent light kill energy…

The most important thing for us to have in here is a four-track recorder, by far. Otherwise nothing would be remembered. It’s also crucial that no one else is around and that there is no noise! When we’re home, we are there all the time. Working as a group and working alone are both important. If too much of one occurs, you yearn for the other – you know ying and yang…

In terms of the creative process, every song that Victoria and I make comes about differently… it works by making changes based on feeling – everything has to feel right and no intellectualising is allowed.

Equipment-wise, we use old synths, old organs, 80’s keyboards, 70’s keyboards, 90’s keyboards, children’s drums, guitars we can afford, various four tracks and our voices. We always feel like golden oldies are endlessly shooting through our practice space, like the jet stream. So we just hold onto them like dolphins and ride them until we are on the surface, you know?”

Beach House are Baltimore boy-girl duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. Sharing certain sensibilities with the classic baroque pop sounds of yesterday, they also exhibit a classic 60s pop feel, and a soulfulness which can be attributed to their shared love of Motown. With the release of their self-titled debut album, Beach House became one of the biggest underground buzz bands of 2006 as well as one of the blogger’s favourites. Their stunning follow up album Devotion was released on Bella Union to great acclaim earlier this year. Beach House play Whelan’s with support from Jana Hunter, on Thursday November 27th. Tickets €15 from WAV, City Discs, Road, Ticketmaster,

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  1. grrrrrrrreat site!

    Comment by j_wo — February 26, 2009 @ 2:37 pm |Reply

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