Beach House-Wishes (Video)

Of all the feature articles I’ve written, the recent review of Beach House’s Forever Still video/performances/mini-movie was the most enjoyable. Rarely does music and video combine so perfectly, and the section focused around this song was arguably the highlight-if it was made legal, I’d marry that 3 minute segment.

Admittedly, I wouldn’t say the same here. Rather than capture the atmosphere of the track, the group have gone for a completely different approach of an unusual athletic competition, with more focus on the actor’s faces and activities than Forever Still‘s reliance on surroundings and lighting. Frankly, a song this good can back any video or theme, and even though there are segments here which feel a touch too incongruent with, or distract from, the audio, full credit to the band for not replicating what they’d already done in the mini-movie and going for something completely new. There are some great high points here though, particularly the sight of Ray Wise delivering the soaring vocals, the bright firework displays, and the exhibitions from the various competitors during the track’s phenomenal transitioning a little over halfway in. A slightly confusing one at times, but when it’s backed by this good a song, you can let it go. Grab the Bloom album now.

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Beach House-Forever Still

My rather lengthy comments on this can be found further below. The space here is best reserved for Beach House’s great intro to this piece. Head below for the review.

We had previously been involved in too many live sessions, radio tapings, photo shoots, etc., where the outcome was far below our personal artistic standards. We also felt a need to distance ourselves from the “content” culture of the internet that rewards quantity over quality and shock over nuance.

Forever Still is directly inspired by Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii. We wanted to perform in a non-typical setting without losing the spirit of our music. We felt the songs would resonate in a more majestic and spiritual landscape. The experience was an intense three nights of filming. Everyone involved in production and crew was benevolent in their time and talented in their efforts.

The basic concept is four songs performed from sunset to sunrise. We tried to keep the edits minimal with long takes in order to focus on the energy of the songs, the landscape, and the physicality of live performance. The entire film was shot in or around Tornillo, Texas, where we recorded Bloom. Like Bloom, we hope that Forever Still is experienced as a whole, long form. → Continue Reading

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