Moss of Aura
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Beach House is Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand and Bloom is the band's fourth full-length album. Like their previous releases (Beach House in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010), it further develops their distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work.
The landscape of Bloom was largely designed on the road, between the countless sound checks and myriad experiences during two years of tour. Throughout this period, melodies, chords, rhythms, words, and textures surfaced in moments of their own choosing. These spontaneous ideas were later gathered and developed in Baltimore, Maryland where the band lives and works.
Bloom was then recorded in late 2011 over a period of seven weeks at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX and mixed for another two at Electric Lady in NYC. The band co-produced the record with Chris Coady.
Bloom is meant to be experienced as an ALBUM. It offers a singular, unified vision of the world. "Many songs were omitted or dropped because they lacked a place within our vision for this album," notes Scally. Though not stripped down, the many layers of Bloom are uncomplicated and meticulously constructed to ensure that there is no waste. Each chord and melody performs its role to form a whole. The songs have depth and reveal themselves in new ways through repeated listening. As a complete work, Bloom transcends the banality of simple emotions and arrives at a realm of honesty and complexity. It soberly reveals how frightening and temporary, yet beautiful, our existence is. It creates an honest reflection of death, as it must to relate to life. To this Legrand adds, "Bloom is a journey. For me, it is about the irreplaceable power of imagination as it relates to the intense experience of living. A bloom is only temporary... a fleeting vision of life in all its intensity and color, beautiful even if only for a moment."
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.
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