Beach House Biography

Beach House is an American dream pop and indie rock duo formed in 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland. Their self-titled debut, Beach House, was named the 16th best album of 2006 by Pitchfork Media.

The band formed in 2004, composed of Alex Scally on guitar and keyboards and Victoria Legrand on vocals and organ. The band's song "Apple Orchard" was featured on a Pitchfork Media mp3 mixtape in August 2006. In October 2006 their self-titled debut album, Beach House, was released on Carpark Records. It was included in Pitchfork's Best Albums of 2006 list.

Their second album, Devotion, was released on February 26, 2008. It was received with greater acclaim and also was included in Pitchfork's Best Albums of 2008 list. On October 21st, 2008, the group released the Used to Be single.

Beach House also contributed a cover of Queen's "Play the Game" for the iTunes Store release of the Red Hot Organization's 2009 compilation, Dark Was The Night.

In 2009, Legrand provided backing vocals on the song "Two Weeks" by the indie rock band Grizzly Bear. She would collaborate with the band again by providing vocals to "Slow Life", the band's contribution to the soundtrack for the film Twilight: New Moon.

The band's third album, Teen Dream will be released on Sub Pop on January 26, 2010 . It will contain their 2008 single "Used to Be".

Legrand is the niece of French film composer Michel Legrand and singer Christiane Legrand. The group's influences include The Zombies, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Big Star and Chris Bell.

The band is often labeled a "dream pop" band due to their slow, atmospheric rhythms and haunting lyrics. Singer Victoria Legrand's vocals have often been compared to Nico.

MGMT, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes have cited Beach House as one of their favorite bands.
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