New Video: The Otherworldly Visuals and Sounds of Beach House’s “The Traveller”

Comprised of Victoria Legrand (organ, vocals) and Alex Scally (guitar, vocals), Baltimore-based dream pop duo Beach House initially formed back in 2004 although both Legrand and Scally had both been a part of their hometown’s indie rock scene for quite some time. And with the release of their self-titled debut and subsequent releases, the Baltimore-based duo have been both critically and commercially successful, thanks in part to a hauntingly gorgeous, mournful and gauzy sound based around organ, stuttering drum programming and Legrand’s ethereal and equally gorgeous vocals as you’ll hear off “The Traveller,” the latest single off the duo’s most recent release Thank Your Lucky Stars.

Although released last October, Thank Your Lucky Stars was recorded during the same two month period as its predecessor Depression Cherry and continued an ongoing collaboration between the band and co-producer Chris Coady. And naturally, both albums build upon similar aesthetics and themes, although “The Traveller” manages to possess a subtle world-weariness and bitter regret at its core — while also subtly reminding listeners of Mazzy Star.

Directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, a media artist and founder of Telefantasy Studios, an analog media lab dedicated to the creation of avant-garde television and video experiments, the video was shot using an ancient television camera before being processed with a video synthesizer and a reconfigured broadcast mixer to create imagery that possess a cosmic glow, as though the female figure in the video is crossing through several different dimensions.

The Baltimore-based duo will be completing what has been a rather extensive touring schedule to support both Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Check out tour dates below.

Tour Dates
Aug. 05 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
Aug. 07 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival
Aug. 08 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory*
Aug. 09 – Spokane, Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory*
Aug. 10 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater*
Aug. 12 – Sioux Falls, ID – The District*
Aug. 13 – Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires Music Festival
Aug. 16 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre*
Aug. 17 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall*
Aug. 19 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note*
Aug. 20 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater*
Aug. 22 – Denver, CO  – Ogden Theater*
Aug. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues*
Aug. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Theater at Ace Hotel*
Aug. 28 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
Sep. 09 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
Nov. 04 – Austin, TX – Sound On Sound Festival
Nov. 05 – Austin, TX –  Sound On Sound Festival
Nov. 06 – Austin, TX – Sound On Sound Festival
*w/ Entrance

 

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