Beach House, Dive.

Following on from the loved-up Lemon Glow, inimitable Baltimore duo Beach House today return not only with the sumptuous Dive (below) in tow, but so too with news of their forthcoming seventh full-length, 7. It may not be their most inspired of titles, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally instead ‘hop[ing] its simplicity w[ill] encourage people to look inside’, but this second glimpse into what’s shaping up to be their best work since Bloom is one that’s well worth the viewing. For although there are to be ‘some songs with no guitar, and some without keyboard’ on 7, Dive features both functioning in symbiotic tandem, Legrand’s warbling, gloriously varicoloured whirrs complemented perfectly by Scally’s thalassic washes for a magnificently immersive first half, before a racier second lends hitherto unforeseen complexities to proceedings. Exceptional stuff, then, even though it’s surely to be expected by this point…

7 is available from May 11th via Bella Union, while Beach House play the Troxy on October 18th.