Beach House (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand) released “B-sides and Rarities” in 2017, which served as a proverbial ‘cleaning out the closet’ to pave way for a new creative process. Their approach in the creation of “7″ was rebirth and rejuvenation. Scally and Legrand used to limit themselves to what they thought they could perform live, but this time that limitation was ignored. Also, instead of one long studio session, Beach House recorded when inspired by batches of songs, which resulted in five mini-sessions over the course of eleven months.
Unlike the last four albums, “7” didn’t have a producer in the traditional sense. Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom (Peter Kember) became a significant force on this record by shedding conventions and helping to keep the songs alive, fresh, and protected from the destructive elements of recording studio overproduction and over-perfection. The band’s trusted live drummer from 2016 to the present, James Barone, played on the entire record, helping to keep rhythm at the center of a lot of these songs.
“The balance, once again, is everything—weightlessness and ballast, vague hopes and creeping dread, sun and shadow.”—Pitchfork
“the tone is immaculate, just the right blend of messy and pristine. It’s like being forced out of a dream into a reality that’s somehow even brighter.”—Stereogum
“It’s a glorious evolution.”—NPR
“Like ‘Lemon Glow’, ‘Dive’ adds a slightly darker and grittier edge to the band’s signature dream-pop sound.”—NME
“fits neatly into the tonal lexicon of Beach House with Victoria Legand’s regal vocals perfectly accompanying Alex Scally’s shimmering guitar licks…it seems as though Beach House are moving into a slightly intense psychedelic territory.”--NOISEY/Vice