Beach House at the Boulder Theater, 10/7/12 (photos and review) - Reverb

Beach House at the Boulder Theater, 10/7/12 (photos and review)

Beach House kicked off Sunday night’s sold out show at the Boulder Theater with “Wild,” probably the heaviest song from the band’s latest record, “Bloom.” But the weight was lost on the members of the audience — nearly all of whom seemed elated by the Baltimore band’s mere presence, then taken away by the dreamy 90 minutes that followed.

While the new record might be heard as a continuum at home, the band showed no interest in furthering that notion on stage. The second song of the set was “Walk In the Park,” from “Teen Dream,” followed quickly on by the band’s biggest hit, “Norway.”

The strongest feeling from this Colorado visit — Beach House’s first ever stop in Boulder — was that the touring trio was ecstatic to simply be here. The set was visually minimalist with spotlights and what looked like stacked pallets in a row behind the performers. Aurally, though, the show was a spectacle.

Through performances of languid songs like “The Hours,” “Gila,” “Wishes,” “Real Love,” “New Year” and “Silver Soul,” there was an almost deliberate mixing of the band’s musical history. When the group played the brilliant “Zebra” the audience seemed sated — though it took a few more tunes to really release everyone.

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Billy Thieme is a Denver-based writer, an old-school punk and a huge follower of Denver’s vibrant local music scene. Follow Billy’s explorations at DenverThread.com, and his giglist at Gigbot.

Brittany Moore is a Boulder-based photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb. Check out more of her work and her blog here.

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