Beach House have, thus far, released two albums: their self-titled 2006 debut, and its 2008 follow-up, Devotion.With critical recognition in their hip pocket, and with signs pointing to their followers becoming cult-like, Beach House are one of the brightest lights to arrive from Baltimore's much-hyped music scene.Over submerged, muffled drums, Scally paints licks of slide-guitar that hang and dangle.
’ We tried to intellectualize it, and it didn’t work.There were different plant-names, Wisteria, that kind of thing. But, once we stopped trying, it just came out, it just happened.Baltimore-based duo Beach House were born in 2004, when guitarist Alex Scally met vocalist/organist Victoria Legrand.It wasn't love at first sight —the duo, as they have to keep explaining, aren't actually dating— but it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.For us, Beach House is the music we come up with when we get together.
We don’t think about it more than that.”Did this second album, Devotion, carry a weight of expectations? It actually felt quite similar to making the first record.In conversation, Scally attempted to shine a light into Beach House's shadowy world. I grew up in Baltimore, and, in many ways, it’s kind of been exactly the same since I’ve been here.Did you ever imagine, at any point, that Baltimore would become this beacon of pop-cultural cool? There has been a little more activity, of recent, but there’s always been music in Baltimore, there’s always been cool stuff going on.All we did in that year of writing those songs was tour and miss our loved ones.There’s a lot of really deep intensity below everything.But I think the era of everybody getting so obsessed with Baltimore’s cheapness has let it thrive.