Beach House have just shared the fourth single off their forthcoming record, 7. “Black Car” is quintessentially Beach House, yet something rather different from the duo’s previous work.
The band’s sonic fingerprint of murky atmospheres and lush vocals remains on the track. But the addition of a hypnotic xylophone riff and minimal-yet-cavernous beats drive the tune further away from the straightforward dream pop of albums such as Teen Dream and Devotion.
“We wanted to rethink old methods and shed some self-imposed limitations,” the band explained. “In the past, we often limited our writing to parts that we could perform live.
“On 7, we decided to follow whatever came naturally. As a result, there are some songs with no guitar, and some without keyboard. There are songs with layers and production that we could never recreate live, and that is exciting to us. Basically, we let our creative moods, instead of instrumentation, dictate the album’s feel.”
“Black Car” comes after “Lemon Glow,” “Dive” and “Dark Spring,” all of which will appear on Beach House’s 7 album that drops on May 11. And that date can’t come soon enough.
Listen to “Black Car” here: