Monday, July 9, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Beach House - 7.21.12 - Mr Smalls - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Beach House will be making a return to Pittsburgh, this time at Mr Smalls next Saturday, 7.21. The dream pop duo are touring behind their fourth LP Bloom, released on Sub Pop records this past May. The new album was recorded in 2011 over a period of seven weeks at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX and mixed for another two at Electric Lady in NYC. We featured this band back in 2010 when they performed at Diesel and put on pretty fine show. Oh, did we mention that this show is already sold out?! Yeah. So, if you weren't on the ball here is your chance. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the show. As usual, just email us at with your name to enter. That is all you have to do. 

From our previous review of their show back in June, 2010:

The stage setup had the aura of a dream sequence with large sparkling, diamond shaped objects that spun around the heads of the band. The stage itself was dimmed with only red and blue colored floor lights illuminating the platform. Beach House is now a 3 piece (they used to utilize a drum machine) with main members Alex Scally on guitar and Victoria Legrand on vocals and keyboard. They utilize a drummer to bring in the soft, lush beats. Both members have unique ways when performing. Scally stayed seated on a stool for most of the set playing guitar and occasionally lending vocals. Legrand on the other hand was a sweaty mess with a lot of animation and delivery to her music. While pounding on her keyboard she continuously pranced and flipped her hair that always covered her face. However, her vocals were often haunting and ghostly. With the minimal lighting and moving diamonds the proper atmosphere was set to how you would envision a Beach House album.

From their press:

Bloom is meant to be experienced as an ALBUM. It offers a singular, unified vision of the world. “Many songs were omitted or dropped because they lacked a place within our vision for this album,” notes Scally. Though not stripped down, the many layers of Bloom are uncomplicated and meticulously constructed to ensure that there is no waste. Each chord and melody performs its role to form a whole. The songs have depth and reveal themselves in new ways through repeated listening. As a complete work, Bloom transcends the banality of simple emotions and arrives at a realm of honesty and complexity. It soberly reveals how frightening and temporary, yet beautiful, our existence is. It creates an honest reflection of death, as it must to relate to life. To this Legrand adds, “Bloom is a journey. For me, it is about the irreplaceable power of imagination as it relates to the intense experience of living. A bloom is only temporary… a fleeting vision of life in all its intensity and color, beautiful even if only for a moment.”

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Maybe you get lucky and Opus One will find a few extra tickets to sell. They will be here


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