Why you should listen to Depression Cherry by Beach House
In the spirit of sharing the music we like, I don’t want to give you a hard-core review here; I’d rather just scratch the surface of this album a tiny bit (metaphorically speaking, of course), and tell you why I think you might want to give it a try.
So hear me out—
Released in 2015, Depression Cherry is Beach House’s 5th studio album but, until this album, I had never even heard of them. So what drew me to this particular album out of the blue, you ask? It was strictly the packaging. See, unlike bibliophiles, us audiophiles have no problem judging a record by its cover, do we? I know many of us have picked up an album by a band or artist we’ve never even heard of, solely based on their cover artwork. For us, it’s a means of discovering new-to-us genres. It can be risky, but it’s a risk us music lovers are happy to take. *ahem*
From the photo above of their album cover, it looks pretty damned simple, yeah? Well, don’t be fooled by the photo folks because this album cover is freaking velvet y’all! So, for a band that is categorized as “dream pop” duo (which, according to Wiki, dream pop “tends to focus on textures and moods”), you couldn’t give a better statement about textures then having your album cover literally be a texture!
Forgive me, I’m a meme freak.
As a novice to this genre, I really appreciate the humble and unassuming simplicity of Depression Cherry. It definitely has a chill factor of 10/10. Having a stressful day? Then drop the needle on this baby and ease your way into an atmospheric journey for the next 45 minutes. It’s really is the perfect intro album for someone who is new-ish to dream pop.
With Depression Cherry, you’re not going to get overwhelmed by complicated lyrics, intricate sounds, or strange beats. From what I can tell, Beach House is not that kind of band to begin with. I’ve read in other articles that this album came together after a long break from frustratingly noisy tour using a live drum kit. I’d consider this album the antithesis to noise and I believe that’s what they were after.
Let me ask you this: have you ever listened to an album that’s so seamless you’ve actually forgotten you’ve already flipped it over to side B? So when side B is done and you realize you’re flipping back to side A, you’re confused as hell? Well this is what happens to me every time with this album. In fact, I know there are breaks in between the songs but it’s like I don’t even hear them. The arrangement on this album is a beautiful thing.
I also feel like the engineering on this album is pretty ace. It can sometimes be hit or miss with vinyl but, to me, this album sounds great on the platter.
As far as the band members go, Victoria Legrand’s vocals are simply sublime. Listening to her breathy vocals is like having an angel give you a loving embrace and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Alex Scally’s music on this album never goes too far or pushes too many boundaries yet his instrumentals do not come off as naïve or inexperienced. Musically, you trust his confidence and happily follow where he wants you to go.
So what do you think? Have I made you curious at all? Well, if you’ve not heard it before, Depression Cherry is available on Spotify free so go give it a listen and, if you like it, go out and support the artist by buying it on vinyl.
Monique Gionet started collecting vinyl again in 2005 after she found her old record collection at her parents’ house. By 2006 she had sold off her entire CD collection and it’s been a love affair for the vinyl experience ever since. When she’s not spinning, she has a day job as a Technical Writer and moonlights as a lifestyle blogger on her website moniquegionet.com. Loves include fresh-cut flowers, Earl Grey tea, her 2 family cats, her Boston Terrier puppy, and her 4 elephant fosters from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.