A Portrait of Nostalgia

I’m going to put it simply: As of February 4th, Beach House’s Teen Dream is the best album of 2010. From start to finish, this ten track record is the closest thing to a masterpiece that the band has produced in their short but already impressive career. Have I caught your interest? Good. Let’s talk music.

Teen Dream. Perfect album title. I actually cannot think of a more appropriate way to describe Beach House’s music. Their music strives to recapture those defining moments of adolescence, bringing them into focus but at the same time distorting them in a almost surreal dreamscape. In a way, the album provides a soundtrack to the memories of the past. Upon repeated listens, I felt myself reliving experiences in high school, adventures in the city, old romances, triumphs, and failures. What Beach House has done is create an album full of crafted contradiction, a celebratory yet remorseful tale of nostalgia that produces mixed feelings of elation and wistfulness. Take the lyrics of the song “Walk in the Park” for example:

 

Teen Dream

 

You go for a walk in the park ’cause you don’t need anything

Your hand that you sometimes hold doesn’t do anything

The face that you see in the door isn’t standing there anymore

In a matter of time, it would slip from my mind

Although we have a new life, independent from the trials of our youth, there is a yearning to go back to a simpler time. While taking a walk in the park with our romantic partner, we suddenly realize things aren’t as novel as they once were – in the case of these lyrics, remembering a past lover who is no longer with us. This is what Beach House really accomplishes with Teen Dream – taking the emphasis away from our set-path, material lives and bringing back feelings from a not so distant past when we weren’t so sure about who we were. Because it is those first experiences that really stick with us.

-Chris

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