A few months since the release of their highly acclaimed third album Teen Dream, Beach House has embarked across the U.S. in support of their record. The Baltimore dream pop act returned to Atlanta for a Thursday night performance at The Earl. Despite having the ability to draw a crowd larger than the 250-person capacity of The Earl, Beach House opted to make their fourth appearance at East Atlanta Village’s intimate venue.
That decision paid off as their show filled up with lucky fans wise enough to purchase their tickets early, as the show sold out several months in advance. But for those who were able to catch a glimpse of Beach House in action we able to witness a band playing in full stride throughout the show. The stage, adorned in silver, shiny tasseled decorations, provided a dreamy background as singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally took the stage, opening with the resolved, ambling “Walk in the Park.”
As Beach House meandered their way through their, atmospheric performance, the group’s sound came alive as they primarily played the majority of their songs off of Teen Dream, as well as selections from their older albums Devotion and Beach House. Between the looming riff of “Gila” and the chaotic slide on “Master of None,” Alex Scally’s subtly textured guitar work transformed into a more dynamic presence. As usual, Victoria Legrand’s voice remained at the forefront, particularly on the single “Norway.” Combined with an accompanying live drummer, the overall combination of the duo-turned-trio brought the typically subdued, mellow act to life, heightening their sound to a whole other level as a live act.
Preferring to perform in total anonymity, Beach House repeatedly requested that all the lights be turned off—a move which left the crowd immersed not only in the show, but the ambient, ethereal feeling present in The Earl. The band felt all the more comfortable on the darkened stage, as they closed their set with the chilling “Heart of Chambers” and Teen Dream closer “Take Care.”
The trio wasted no time making the crowd wait in anticipation as they returned for a two song encore, including “Ten Mile Stereo”—another track that seemingly took on another dimension live compared to its studio version. As a band who listeners may peg as suited for the bedroom more so than the concert hall, Beach House managed to convince a whole lot of people otherwise.