The shiny new Interpark Art Center, nestled deep within the labyrinthine bowls of Hapjeong’s gleaming Mecenatpolis Shopping mall, provided an oddly fitting venue for Beach House’s unique brand of glistening dream-pop. Taking to the stage in a svelte sequinned silver blazer that appeared to have been crafted out of several small disco balls, backlit lead singer Victoria Legrand immediately entranced the crowd with her otherworldly vocals on opener ‘Wild’.

Despite recording a lot of their music on unconventional and even found instruments Beach House have always had a rich sound and tonight was no exception. Alex Scally’s shimmering guitar lines and Legrand’s gentle organ playing adeptly combined on tracks like ‘Silver Soul’ and ‘Gila’ to create a sound that managed to be both soaring and intimate. Although forgoing the drum machines that feature heavily in their studio work may lessen the band’s lo-fi charm, Daniel Franz’s drumming adds an immediacy to their live act that made sure the audience’s gaze remained far from their footwear at all times.

‘Norway’ and ‘Wishes’ were highlights of a consummate 80 or so minutes that drew on three of Legrand and Scally’s four album releases. If there was a downside to Beach House’s set it would perhaps be a slight lack of variation in tone but the mood that they steadily created throughout their set was so hypnotising the audience seemed more than happy to set up camp in the band’s shimmering aural landscape. The trio appeared elated at their first opportunity to play on Korean shores and it seems that Seoul is off to a fantastic start to what already looks to be shaping up as a great year for live music in the city.

Did you see Beach House live in Seoul this year? What did you think?

Written and photographed by Mike Beech.  See some of his other work for Chincha here.


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