Moss of Aura
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. We have been a band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is our 5th full-length record. This record follows the release of our self-titled album in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010 and Bloom in 2012. Depression Cherry was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November '14 through January '15. This time period crossed the anniversaries of both John Lennon's and Roy Orbison's death.
In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.
Moss of Aura
Moss of Aura is the solo project of Gerrit Welmers, the synth-wiz behind Baltimore’s art-pop force Future Islands. Welmers has been creating under the Moss of Aura moniker since 2006, with a handful of self-released endeavors already under his belt.
His first full length vinyl LP comes via Friends Records, an 11 track vacation titled Wading. While its roots may be found in the shallow waters of Mitchell Village, NC where Welmers and Future Islands band mate Sam Herring grew up, Wading was written and recorded in Baltimore, MD in between months of heavy touring . Life on the road often lead to doses of insanity, and Wading offered an outlet for decompression and reflection.
Its deeply emotive synthscapes are left for the listener to interpret, with songs that can equally make you want to dance, rest your head, laugh, cry, or simply just be. Glowing melodies, infectious beats, shimmering keys, and mystery collide to form a sound that could only exist right now – a cosmic blend fit for any escape you choose.