Beach sports

There's a new Beach House song, but this one sounds, uh, different. "White Moon" is not as lush or as majestic as anything on Teen Dream. It's more of a run-of-the-mill pop song—more practical, even. It sounds like it was recorded on a cheaper keyboard with a cheaper drum machine with a half-asleep vocalist. It's all smaller, more intimate, and yet it doesn't feel as intensely personal as Teen Dream. Whatever, it's still good. (via The Fader or via Pitchfork or via Beach House or via Sub Pop or whatever)
Beach House - White Moon (Itunes Session) by subpop

I guess what strikes me most about it is how out of place it sounds for summer. Teen Dream is an excellent autumn album, but it carries over especially well to the summer. "White Moon," though, doesn't sound at all like anything I would want to play at a cookout.

That's where these guys come in. Husband-wife duo Tennis play the kind of boat music I can get behind. It's gentler and less pretentious than Vampire Weekend, and I joke to myself (every bit as lame as it sounds) that they're the anti-VW. Their name is a reference to the husband's days playing that stuffy sport in college—a self-referential joke.

They've been around for quite a while now, but let's just throw this in the "Kyle's an idiot for ignoring them for so long" pile and pretend like we've been hearing this all summer.


And just in case anyone was suspicious about Ted Leo—once the man, always the man.

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