5:02 PM GMT 17/05/2013
Beyoncé and Jay-Z love them, and why not? Baltimore's Beach House have wooed the world with their intense inner-voyaging, scintillating guitar-organ filigree and simply great songs, and next month sees the confirmation of their powers with the release of their exceptional fourth album, Bloom.
The latest MOJO magazine features an in-depth interview with duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, where they underline their commitment to the indie ethic, and we take the opportunity to shine a light on the gloaming, sensuous music being made by a bevy of new, or fairly new, dream poppers. People take note: we're going to need some new words for "shimmering".
Beach House - Other People
Baltimore's nuevo dream pop poster-children, performing a track from their brilliant forthcoming album, Bloom, at last summer's I'll Be Your Mirror shindig at Ally Pally.
Washed Out - Soft
From Georgia-born Ernest Greene's excellent Within And Without album from 2011, warm fuzziness that feels like a bathful of Don Henley's Boys Of Summer. Mmmmmzzzzzz...
Braids - Lemonade
Deceptively soft, gamboling groove-pop nuzzled with techno-bubbles, from the artsy Montreal group's 2011 debut album, Native Speaker. Is Raphaelle Standell-Preston really singing "Have you fucked all the stray kids yet?". Yes, we're pretty sure she is.
Memoryhouse - Bonfire
Beach House's Canuck counterparts pitch Denise Nouvion's peach-sweet vocal against Evan Abeele's blissed and shimmering (damn!) guitars. Is "Out in the pale grey moth light sky / I see my breath like ghosts too fragile to take flight" the ultimate dream pop lyric?
Porcelain Raft - Put Me To Sleep
Rome-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Mauro Remiddi bathes in blood and milk in a video for this track off January's solo debut, Strange Weekend. "A ravishing series of nebulous swoons," reckoned MOJO magazine, but whadda they know?
Lower Dens - Brains
Also from Beach House's Baltimore, Lower Dens is the latest incarnation of shape-shifting Jana Hunter. Brains is from their imminent Nootropics album; dig the super-fogbound vox and androgynous early-'80s look.
Lotus Plaza - Jet Out Of The Tundra
Dream pop with a dash of Pastels/Pale Saints, from Deerhunter's on-sabbatical Lockett Pundt. Second album, Spooky Action At A Distance, emerged earlier this month.
Playlist compiled by MOJO staff, Tom Doyle, Sonny Baker and Martin Aston. Annotated by Danny Eccleston
Beach House photo: Tom Oldham
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