Beach House Comes in Full Bloom

| Mon May 14, 2012 1:52 PM EDT

Beach House
Sub Pop
There’s some music that pulls you in with its viscerality, with the concreteness of the experience it instills in you, and then there's dream pop. Focused more on ethereal textures and an oceanic sense of the epic, it can sometimes be deservedly marginalized as easy listening. But it’s a mistake, I think, to label Baltimore duo Beach House as simply dream pop; they’re probably more what pop’s fever dreams sound like. With Bloom, Beach House's fourth studio album, the pair doggedly pursues a more assertive sound than before, but without compromising any of their dreaminess along the way.

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