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Beach House On World Cafe

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Beach House On World Cafe

Beach House On World Cafe

Beach House On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Walk in the Park"
  • "Lover of Mine"
  • "Zebra"

Beach House's entrancing, atmospheric sound has helped make the band an indie-pop powerhouse. The duo formed in 2005 after a chance meeting between guitarist/keyboardist Alex Scally and vocalist/organist Victoria Legrand; the next year, the duo released a self-titled album to great critical acclaim. Since then, the pair has supported subsequent recordings with extensive tours across the country, including a recent tour with Grizzly Bear in support of the new Teen Dream. (Legrand collaborated with Grizzly Bear for its song "Two Weeks," and for the Twilight: New Moon track "Slow Life.")

Teen Dream was recorded in Upstate New York, in a church appropriately named Dreamland. Beach House remains faithful to its mysterious and wistful sound, but has fleshed out its once-minimal arrangements. Using billowing swirls of guitar, synths and organs to complement Legrand's airy vocals, maturation is evident in both the content and composition of Teen Dream.

This World Cafe segment originally ran Feb. 19.

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