by Chris Parker
The dreamy music’s as idyllic as the name suggests. Indie pop duo Beach House fashion shimmering, softly hued melodies with the quiet lulling beauty of a beach shore watercolor. At the center of their minimalist drone are the vocals of Victoria Legrand. Her husky, breathy and somnambulant croon wavers like, at any point, she might be abruptly shaken from her reverie. She balances a measure of lyrical hope with ache and longing that makes the music feel that much more majestic.
The band has just followed up their 2010 breakthrough Teen Dreams with their fourth studio disc, Bloom. Legrand shared a few thoughts with BW on the band’s mystique, their feelings about online promotion, and the creative process.
On the mystery surrounding the band, thanks in part to a closed-lip attitude toward their personal lives:
“I’m not that interested in back story. I don’t think it is relevant necessarily all the time to what artists do. It’s kind of a trend in music journalism. There always has to be an angle to a thing. And I think I don’t intentionally try to create the mystique, I think it just happens because of the fact that I don’t reveal that much information about my personal life.”
The band also keeps a relatively low profile online.
“I don’t try to attach meaning to things where they aren’t, like our relationship to the Internet is extremely utilitarian. It’s not an opportunity for PR work. At most, it’s a contact with fans. So when you post a picture you know that fans will be interested by it, this thing you find intriguing. I’m just trying to separate the art from what I find to be trivial information.”
On pain and the creative process:
“I don’t think you have to be miserable to make art, I just think you have to be alive to make it. It’s an interesting thing. You don’t have to be miserable to make art, you have to be able to handle crushing failures and obstacles, but you have to also have this incredibly almost-childish faith to be an artist. To be a person that wears their shirts inside out by accident and walks out and their hair’s not brushed because you’re so obsessed with an idea. People will go, ‘You’re this ridiculous child-adult,’ but I think that it’s just the way that it is. We can’t help that. That’s Beach House.”
Beach House plays with Poor Moon Friday, Oct. 5., at the Egyptian Theatre. Read more about the band in the Oct. 3 edition of Boise Weekly.