There’s a hypestorm brewing over this one, but don’t run from it: Teen Dream is sensational. Last year we saw Beach House write a song on a train ride through some Norwegian mountains for a local TV station. The song they tossed off in transit was lovely, and we signed off that post with “Guess we can expect a(nother) great album soon then.” Which, sure, I was calling Devotion a great album because it is very enjoyable when I listen to it! But Teen Dream doesn’t expand the field so much as it changes the game. If you follow me or Scott or Beach House fanboi #1 Ed Droste on Twitter, you’ve been hearing about this LP’s forward leap in >140 character bursts — now get a listen of it in a four-minute one. Appropriately titled “Norway,” the dreamy (this is still Beach House, after all) pop track takes the seed of that acoustic train experiment and grows it into something far greater, and with far more forward motion. The familiar Beach House hallmarks (drum machine, Victoria and Alex’s vocal/guitar counterpoint) are fleshed out with live tom drums, horizon-bending hall-of-mirrors guitar lines, and Legrand laying down lines that alternately exhale gently and straight up soar. Download this:

You can also grab it as a WAV.

You crazy for this one, Beach House. Teen Dream is out via Sub Pop 1/26. (“Used To Be” is on it, too.) Follow them on Twitter, get psyched, etc.

Comments (32)
  1. Heard this when they played live with Grizzly Bear?sounds even better live!

  2. Dribcots Space Boat  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

  3. Jarrett  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0


  4. I feel like the second to last sentence in this article is missing a large chunk of itself. But yeah, this song is beautiful, I can’t wait to hear the rest!

  5. Michael  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    This album is so good it hurts. And yes, they are playing a lot of the new tracks live.

  6. GreenTurtle  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    Has it leaked yet?

  7. This album is so lush.

  8. Kevin  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    @Michael where are the proper d/l links for this leak?

  9. Andrew  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    Wait, is Teen Dream any good? I didn’t get that.

  10. this would leak the day they put out the first single.
    can we expect a premature evaluation?

  11. bratz doll  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I love Beach House, have from the start. But this song is boring.

  12. John  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    Yeah, its “out via SubPop”, but not until January 26, 2010.

  13. best  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    best song ever. Beach House will dominate 2010


  14. Oooh, it’s making me woozy…but in a good way. Lush indeed. There’s nothing like music with a little space in it.

  15. Jarrett  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    Waitwaitwaitwait. The album leaked?!?!?!??

  16. Nicely surprised by how much I like this song.

    The cover art is absolutely terrible, though. Oh well, music is what counts. Eh?

  17. The vocals are really good. Excited about this hearing some more.

    Find that these guys are a progresivly good band, more music they make, the better they get.

  18. Beach House’s Teen Dream in the best-of-the-year 2010 list? Too soon? ?

  19. Lalaradio  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2009 0

    It leaked and it’s amazing.

  20. “Teen Dream doesn’t expand the field so much as it changes the game.”

    The album is REALLLLLLLY fucking good, but, man. What is this? Hyperbolegum?

  21. it’s amazing how a lil dash of pitch bend livens this beeaaaccchhh hoooouuussse track.

  22. I LOVE Beach House—and I’m still disappointed that more people weren’t flipping their shit over the first two albums—but I think this song’s only okay. It’s a little too slick, or something? I dunno, but it sounds a little like the Cocteau Twins. Still, I’m pretty excited to see that people are drooling over Teen Dream. I can’t wait.

  23. erik  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2009 0

    i always found this band boring. until now. this song is great.

  24. yep  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2009 0

    It sounds like a Snow Patrol b-side. Go look them up.

  25. PhilipM  |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    “Which, sure, I was calling Devotion a great album because it is very enjoyable when I listen to it! ”

    Who proofreads this stuff?

    Anyway, “Norway” is a nice song. I hope Teen Dream is a bit better though.

  26. Been waiting for the studio version since I heard this at SXSW. . too long of a wait!

  27. “Gila” sounds a lot like The Weeknd – Loft Music I wonder which came first ….

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