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年份 2018
藝人 Beach House(海灘小屋)
專輯   7 (CD)
廠牌   Bella Union
樂風   Dream Pop, Psychedelic

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海灘小屋的第7張專輯,成軍13年,至今發行了77首歌曲。

去年發行了《B​-​Sides and Rarities》的Beach House,作為新的一步,一掃過去,重新出發。製作《7》的目標是重生和回春。重新思考過去和自己給予的限制,過去創作編制常受到能否現場演出影響,這次他們放下這些考慮,有完全沒有使用吉他和鋼琴的歌曲。

在錄音上面他們也採取完全不同的模式。過去他們習慣先寫好所有歌曲,再去錄音室一次錄音完成,但是先寫好的歌曲常常在錄音時已經失去創作時的興奮。這次他們整理了一個「自家」錄音室,在那邊創作出三四首歌曲後,才會去專業錄音室錄音,這個方法也大大縮短了他們的錄音時間。

新的製作人 Peter Kember (來自Sonic Boom)和新鼓手,也帶給Beach House的音樂全新的風格,更加黑暗、濃重、深沈,讓人沈浸在黑暗中,雷響般的鼓聲,擺脫過去的印象,新的力量並沒有撕毀Beach House,而是帶給新作品新鮮的體驗和生命力,如此私密,卻又喧囂。


7 is our 7th full-length record. At its release, we will have been a band for over 13 years. We have now written and released a total of 77 songs together.

Last year, we released an album of b-sides and rarities. It felt like a good step for us. It helped us clean the creative closet, put the past to bed, and start anew.

Throughout the process of recording 7, our goal was rebirth and rejuvenation. We wanted to rethink old methods and shed some self-imposed limitations. In the past, we often limited our writing to parts that we could perform live. On 7, we decided to follow whatever came naturally. As a result, there are some songs with no guitar, and some without keyboard. There are songs with layers and production that we could never recreate live, and that is exciting to us. Basically, we let our creative moods, instead of instrumentation, dictate the albums feel.

In the past, the economics of recording have dictated that we write for a year, go to the studio, and record the entire record as quickly as possible. We have always hated this because by the time the recording happens, a certain excitement about older songs has often been lost. This time, we built a "home" studio, and began all of the songs there. Whenever we had a group of 3-4 songs that we were excited about, we would go to a “proper” recording studio and finish recording them there. This way, the amount of time between the original idea and the finished song was pretty short (of the albums 11 songs, 8 were finished at Carriage House in Stamford, CT and 2 at Palmetto Studio in Los Angeles).

7 didnt have a producer in the traditional sense. We much preferred this, as it felt like the ideas drove the creativity, not any one persons process. James Barone, who became our live drummer in 2016, played on the entire record. His tastes and the trust we have in him really helped us keep rhythm at the center of a lot of these songs. We also worked with Sonic Boom (Peter Kember). Peter became a great force on this record, in the shedding of conventions and in helping to keep the songs alive, fresh and protected from the destructive forces of recording studio over-production/over-perfection.

The societal insanity of 2016-17 was also deeply influential, as it must be for most artists these days. Looking back, there is quite a bit of chaos happening in these songs, and a pervasive dark field that we had little control over. The discussions surrounding womens issues were a constant source of inspiration and questioning. The energy, lyrics and moods of much of this record grew from ruminations on the roles, pressures and conditions that our society places on women, past and present. The twisted double edge of glamour, with its perils and perfect moments, was an endless source (see “LInconnue,” “Drunk in LA,” “Woo,” “Girl Of The Year,” “Last Ride”).

In a more general sense, we are interested by the human minds (and natures) tendency to create forces equal and opposite to those present. Thematically, this record often deals with the beauty that arises in dealing with darkness; the empathy and love that grows from collective trauma; the place one reaches when they accept rather than deny (see “Dark Spring,” “Pay No Mind,” “Lemon Glow,” “Dive,” “Black Car,” “Lose Your Smile”).

The title, 7, itself is simply a number that represents our seventh record. We hoped its simplicity would encourage people to look inside. No title using words that we could find felt like an appropriate summation of the album.

The number 7 does represent some interesting connections in numerology. 1 and 7 have always shared a common look, so 7 feels like the perfect step in the sequence to act as a restart or “semi-first.” Most early religions also had a fascination with 7 as being the highest level of spirituality, as in "Seventh Heaven.” At our best creative moments, we felt we were channeling some kind of heavy truth, and we sincerely hope the listeners will feel that.

Much Love,

Beach House



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