What can we say about Beach House's video for 'Wishes,' the latest single off their stellar 2012 album 'Bloom?' How about that the Eric Wareheim-directed clip is very bizarre, very fascinating and very difficult to keep your eyes off of? The video stars actor Ray Wise ('Twin Peaks,' 'Robocop') as a track-suited coach warming up a crowd by belting out the epic dream-pop anthem 'Wishes,' followed by a procession of even-weirder characters and contributors.
Talk about perfect timing. Just as we welcome the arrival of 2013, Beach House have unveiled their official new video for 'New Year,' the latest single off their 'Bloom' disc. The clip features home-movie-style and time-lapse videos shot while the band was in the Tornillo, Texas, studio Sonic Ranch recording the album, which dropped back in May.
Few albums in recent memory have as many moments of euphoria as ‘Bloom:’ The initial sweep of guitars in ‘Wild,’ the breathy curtain of "huh-huh-huhs" in ‘Lazuli,’ the splay of lead guitar in ‘Other People’ -- and that’s just tracks two through four. With 'Bloom,' Beach House have given us a beautiful work of art.
It's been about a month since a British Volkswagen commercial surfaced online featuring a song that shared a very peculiar similarity to a tune by Beach House. The Baltimore dream-pop duo has since gone on the record to reveal that an agency working for VW commissioned a professional music team called Sniffy Dog to compose the sound-alike, only after they turned down multiple requests to license their tune 'Take Care.' And while Beach House originally blamed the ad agency and not VW, it seems that they may have changed their tune after a spokeswoman for the German automaker made a statement about the whole ordeal.
If you think that Volkswagen Polo commercial with the Beach House-sounding song sounds a little too much like Beach House to be a mere coincidence, you may be right. The Baltimore duo has issued a statement that reveals an ad agency actually approached them to license their song 'Take Care' for the spot. It sounds like the ad agency simply recorded their own version of the tune when House "politely declined."