2019 Fringe Festival Review: Beach House

Who: Beach House
Where: RCC Fringe
When: Wednesday 6th March

Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand

Beach House formed back in 2004 and since then have been particularly prolific. Last year they released their seventh album, titled 7, after a brief break. When I listen to Beach House, I am transported back to 2011 and listening to their album Teen Dream on repeat. Their dreamy pop is pretty magical that way, it feels otherworldly with the vocals by Victoria Legrand transporting you far away.

I’ve seen Beach House perform live a couple of times over the years and each time they have, they have had excellent stage presence. Despite both Legrand and Alex Scally (guitar, backing vocals) having quite a silent presence, you only ever see their silhouettes, the lights and visuals are always beautiful. Last night was no exception. While they were very heavy on the strobe lights, the mist made the pastel lights glow like a sunset, and fancy camera work multiplied Legrand and Scally across the screen like a kaleidoscope as they played.

Beach House covered songs from across their more recent albums, Teen Dream, Bloom, Depression Cherry, and 7, a mix of their earlier dream pop and their more recent dive as they push the edges of this genre. They played flawlessly, stopped to interrupt with quips about playing amongst the neon-lit university classrooms, but not much more.

Beach House gave a solid performance, I mean they’ve been doing this for thirteen years. As always, they were as dreamy as you could ask for.

4 out of 5 stars

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