Beach House Transforms The Wiltern - 9/25
On the road for their fourth full length album, "Bloom," Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of Beach House are no strangers to the touring circuit. Throughout the 8 years of their career, they have also performed at nearly every notable music festival on the west coast and as a result, have attracted a large fan base in Los Angeles.
Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Beach House accommodated these fans by stopping at Los Angeles’ beloved Wiltern Theater for a two-night stint on September 25th and 26th as part of their Frightened Eyes world tour. Those familiar with the band would be surprised to find a third musician on stage -- Daniel Franz is the dream-pop duo’s touring musician who takes care of drums and percussion.
With Beach House fans waiting in a line that wrapped around the entire building, anticipation was high. Concert-goers were certainly not disappointed as the band delivered a lengthy set that stimulated all senses.
As always, the Art Deco backdrop of The Wiltern was a vision of perfection, but Beach House transformed the stage with four horizontally striped light fixtures that became the centerpiece for a heavily synchronized light show. The juxtaposition of the lighting with the dreamy and layered nature of the music made for a sensual overload of the best kind.
The light show created a strikingly unique experience for concert-goers, enhancing the dreamy and romantic quality of the music. Though there was heavy emphasis on the light, sometimes the absence of light was even more powerful. For much of the set, Legrand, Scally and Franz were enveloped in shadows which created a fantastically mysterious mood.
At times, the lighting would create an inverse spotlight on Legrand so that the only thing visible was her silhouette, showcasing her flawless vocals.
Legrand’s hypnotic voice filled every corner of the room with the eerie warmth that has become her signature sound. Perhaps in awe of the stunning light show that highlighted every lilt of Legrand’s voice and Scally’s instrumentals, the crowd was uncharacteristically quiet for a general admission show.
After playing “New Year,” Scally and Legrand took a quick break to chat and wake the crowd up. Legrand joked, “we’re going to get to second base, right now.” Scally stated, “Victoria, LA is one of those self-conscious cities where people are afraid to move in public,” with Legrand quickly responding,”No it’s not. They’re not afraid to move, it’s just a big room. But it’s okay.”
Lightening up the mood even further, they launched into “Zebra” off of Teen Dream which was undeniably a crowd favorite.
Playing a 20 song set (including the encore), the set proved to be a little lengthy especially for those watching from the standing room only section. However, die-hard fans loved that they were able to hear every single song off of Bloom, and nearly every song off of Teen Dream.
The 2-song encore started with “Myth” which opens Bloom and ended with “Irene” which closes the album, rounding out a beautiful set that transported the Wiltern to a world of dreams far away from the buzz and clutter of Los Angeles. As Legrand so passionately sings in “Irene,” “it’s a strange paradise” which any Angeleno can confirm is a perfect expression of this city.
Beach House took advantage of a sleepy Tuesday to completely transform the Wiltern; they took their Los Angeles fans away from their daily grind and into a dream world far from the busy city streets.
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