The album features 2 previously unreleased tracks Chariot and Baseball Diamond, which were recorded during the Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars sessions (both Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars were released, 2 months apart, in 2015).
Beach House says of the release, “When we announced that we were releasing a B-sides and rarities album, someone on Twitter asked, ‘B-sides record? Why would Beach House put out a B-sides record? Their A-sides are like B-sides.’ This random person has a point. Our goal has never been to make music that is explicitly commercial. Over the years, as we have worked on our 6 LPs, it wasn’t the ‘best’ or most catchy songs that made the records, just the ones that fit together to make a cohesive work. Accordingly, our B-sides are not songs that we didn’t like as much, just ones that didn’t have a place on the records we were making.”
“The idea for a B-sides record came when we realized just how many non-album songs had been made over the years, and how hard it was to find and hear many of them. This compilation contains every song we have ever made that does not exist on one of our records. There are 14 songs in total.”
Saw You In A Dream ushers in new, classic tones to her songwriting and is perhaps her most honest offering yet. Speaking about her inspiration behind the song, Amber explained: “It’s a very clear message: I didn’t want to drown my vocals in too many harmonies this time because the melody is quite strong on its own. Rather than to hide your sadness about your loss of someone, it’s a nice thing to be like ‘I miss them’. That’s why the vocals are quite present.”
The track itself has a relatively dark subject matter, yet the tone beneath the story brings shades of new light, favouring sun-dappled guitars and bright hues. This is reflected in the video, which is her most visually stunning to date and follows Amber through an ever evolving film set in a series of colourful, dream like sequences.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart release their fourth studio album, The Echo of Pleasure, on July 14 via their own label, Painbow.
Conceived as an experiment in collaboration, On The Echoing Green is eight rapturous and melodic slow dives of swirling guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, and drum machines, accented by heavenly vocal arcs from Argentinian musician Sobrenadar and contributions from Alexis Georgopoulous and Byron Westbrook.
Echoing Green is the latest offering from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s forthcoming On The Echoing Green LP. Contrasting the rapturous slow dive of A Song Of Summer, Echoing Green demonstrates the gentler dimensions of Ledesma’s new work. In his words, “[This album] feels like spring – things coming alive, blooming, emerging from winter.”
On the Echoing Green is out June 16 on Mexican Summer. Pre-order here.