This kind of “Once Twice Melody” is not released so often


Sophie Henry

Like all beautiful things, this one also begins as a fairy tale. Harmony unites with disharmony, electronics marries synth-pop, but it is always peaceful. Then drumbeats slowly appear on the stage as the tunes spin between them, a guitar begins to softly wail, and they, all together, lift us into a dreamlike state. As the “days pass” throughout the album, from sultry “summer sunshine” to a universe of darkness, we are surrounded by lovers of “Superstar”, “Pink Funeral”, “Run- Away” and “New Romance”. and again, until we reach sunset in “Another Go-Around”, face the idealized “illusion of eternity” and accept that it really hurts to love, as we end by disappearing to “Many Nights” and we remember what “modern love stories” always show us. Sweet dreams flow through cobwebs, flashing lights, a kaleidoscope of layers of unconsciousness and through the warmth of love towards us in this rather bearable lightness of being that we meditate on.The abstract and ambiguous allure of the lyrics derives from an idyllic and imaginary past that never existed, but which is rather a dreamland of a wandering mind, and celebrates the fortuitous zone of our evergreen daydreams. In other words, Beach House is once again ready to embark us on a new space odyssey in a carousel with its latest album” Once Twice Melody“, the fourth of which th and final chapter was released last Friday at midnight.

Best known for their ballads titled “Space Song”, “Silver Soul” and “Myth”, Beach House is a dream-pop musical duo based in Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band members are Victoria Legrand as as vocalist and keyboardist, with Alex Scally serving as guitarist, keyboardist and backup vocalist. Their first album was a self-titled debut, followed by “Devotion” (2008), “Teen Dream” (2010), “Bloom” (2012), “Depression Cherry” (2015), “Thank Your Lucky Stars” (2015) and “7” (2018). “Once Twice Melody” marks the duo’s eighth album. An 18-track double album, whose melodies were released in four “chapters” on December 8, 2021, January 19, 2022 and February 18, 2022.

As we dissolve into “Once Twice Melody,” the songs’ stardust explodes like fireworks into the night sky with layers and layers of sync-pop, an ounce of shoegaze, and elements of rock. modern psychedelic. While the soulful lyrics of the individual songs deal with concepts such as love, longing, nostalgia, time and memory, Beach House feels like it’s “spoiling” some nights and “dressing up” for it. others – so maybe you shouldn’t really take the end of the journey so seriously; Instead, “try your luck” and enjoy the spellbinding climb itself. After all, “the end is the beginning/the beginning of an end”. Of course, there are melancholic interludes “as blue skies turn black” as the Baltimore duo reminisce about times gone by “When You Were Mine / We Fell Through The Sky,” and are reflected in the feel. gripping Lana del Ray in “Sunset” and constant resemblance to Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine and Tame Impala in Lullabies. I would say that the lyrics are deliberately shrouded in mystery to keep them from molding the subjective core of human identity into a particular form, restructuring our pasts, disorganizing our personal histories, or intermingling with our present and future. It’s an exact representation: memory is selective because one remembers fragments of time – and the same goes for “Once Twice Melody”. Beach House also don’t forget to include psychedelic, playful and trippy imagery with their cinematic sounds. At the end, the cumulative effect of the echoes of sounds and illusory images brings us to an immortal and spatial sublime.

I could go on raving about how the album feels like a warm ocean of a sonic cosmos or a surreal starry lake with its startling stillness, but I’d say that feeling itself isn’t really communicable or nameable. – you should experience it yourself, and you may not “want to know how the story ends by then”. My advice might be to fasten your seat belts first, but make the trip for sure: there’s a maturity behind the fusion in your molecules with “Once Twice Melody.”


Gamze covers musical and literary news for the Arts office and writes for the WKND. She is a sophomore at Pauli Murray majoring in Psychology and Humanities.


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