Beach House 


Baltimore sleep-rock duo Beach House's self-titled debut hypnotized listeners in 2006 with fuzzy lo-fi lullabies. Victoria Legrand's reverberating voice has a rich androgyny reminiscent of Nico, minus the icon's punctuated masculinity. On Devotion, Legrand and bandmate Alex Scally float along on haunted melodies, quivering organ and moody guitar. Scally's lap steel fills the record's opening track "Wedding Bell" with the romance of a sunset luau, and he lets the blues unravel in waves over the simplest of electronic beats on "Gila." The album's least interesting track is the duo's short and cavernous rendition of Daniel Johnston's "Some Things Last a Long Time," their hushed melancholy a bored translation. But that's the risk one takes when crafting emotional ambiance for the mind's secret places. 3 stars

Beach House plays the Earl Sat., March 1, 9:30 p.m. $10.


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