Taste of Spring

With Teen Dream, indie-rock duo Beach House warms up

Elizabeth Weinberg / Retna

Bandmates Legrand, left, and Scally

The sound of the Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House has always run counter to its name. Full of cold, echoing vocals and propelled by a lulling drone, Beach House songs are more March in Montauk than July on the Cape. But Teen Dream, the band's third and most accomplished album, takes one step closer to the sun. Warm guitars, swoon-inducing melodies--why, the whole thing's positively springlike. You can almost forgive the pair the cruel joke of releasing it in the dead of winter.

With its 2006 self-titled debut, Beach House instantly established one of the more recognizable sounds in indie rock,...

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