Depression Cherry

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Depression Cherry
Beach House - Depression Cherry.png
Studio album by Beach House
Released August 28, 2015 (2015-08-28)
Recorded November 2014 – January 2015
Studio Studio in the Country
(Bogalusa, Louisiana)
Genre Dream pop
Length 44:45
Label Sub Pop
Producer
Beach House chronology
Bloom
(2012)Bloom2012
Depression Cherry
(2015)
Thank Your Lucky Stars
(2015)Thank Your Lucky Stars2015
Singles from Depression Cherry
  1. "Sparks"
    Released: July 1, 2015

Depression Cherry is the fifth studio album by American dream pop duo Beach House. It was co-produced by the group and Chris Coady, and was released on August 28, 2015 by Sub Pop, the album was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November 2014 to January 2015. Reacting to their dissatisfaction with using live drums on tour to play songs from their previous album, Bloom (2012), for Depression Cherry, the band returned to simpler song arrangements, similar to those of their first two studio albums. "Sparks" was released as the lead single on July 1. The album received mostly positive reviews from critics. Less than two months after releasing Depression Cherry, Beach House followed it up with their sixth album, Thank Your Lucky Stars.

Background and recording[edit]

After Beach House completed touring for their previous record Bloom (2012), the group took a six-month break.[1] Uncertain about their future, singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand said, "I didn't feel creative at all... I just thought well, maybe I'll never have another musical idea."[2] She added, "I just personally felt I needed a couple of months of just not doing anything, I didn't have thoughts."[1] Legrand found herself frustrated and limited creatively by the presence of a live drum set on tour to play Bloom's songs because of "the noise it creates and how much space it fills".[1] Guitarist Alex Scally concurred, saying, "There was a transparent feeling, [the songs] didn't feel as nuanced."[1]

Though some of Depression Cherry's musical ideas originated from 2012, Beach House wrote the majority of the record between autumn 2013 and 2014; "10:37" was one of the first songs to be written during this period.[3] The album was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana over two months,[4][5] from November 2014 to January 2015.[6] It was co-produced by Chris Coady, who worked on the band's previous two records, Teen Dream (2010) and Bloom.[7] Prior to joining the band in the studio, they sent him phone recordings of some of their in-progress songs,[3] for the song "Days of Candy", they hired eight singers from Pearl River Community College to create a 24-part choir.[4] After completing that song and "Levitation", the band knew they had the album's closing and opening tracks, respectively, and considered the record completed,[3] the album was mixed at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, except "Beyond Love", which was mixed at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas.[8]

Promotion and release[edit]

On May 26, 2015, Beach House announced Depression Cherry along with tour dates supporting the album.[6][9] According to the band, the album is a return to the simpler style of dream pop from their first two albums; in a press release on the Sub Pop website, the group said:[10]

"In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist."

Vinyl and compact disc copies of the album feature a cover lined with red velvet. A limited edition "Loser Edition" of the album was released on clear vinyl record.[11]

On July 1, 2015, Beach House released the album's lead single, "Sparks",[12] on August 19, nine days before the release of Depression Cherry, NPR Music made a stream of the album available online.[13]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[14]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[15]
The A.V. Club A−[16]
Entertainment Weekly A−[17]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[18]
The Irish Times 4/5 stars[19]
NME 5/10[20]
Pitchfork 8.4/10[21]
Q 3/5 stars[22]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[23]
Spin 8/10[24]

Depression Cherry received mostly positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 34 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[14]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Blare Magazine Top 50 Albums of 2015
9
[25]
Complex 50 Best Albums of 2015
42
[26]
Crack Magazine Best Albums of 2015
31
[27]
Diffuser.fm The 50 Best Albums of 2015
9
[28]
Drowned in Sound Favorite Albums of the Year 2015
70
[29]
Gigwise Albums of the Year 2015
28
[30]
Gorilla vs. Bear Albums of 2015
38
[31]
musicOMH Top 50 Albums Of 2015
41
[32]
No Ripcord Top 50 Albums of 2015
19
[33]
Paste 50 Best Albums of 2015
19
[34]
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2015
28
[35]
PopMatters 80 Best Albums of 2015
40
[36]
Pretty Much Amazing The 50 Best Albums of 2015
22
[37]
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2015
33
[38]
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2015
28
[39]
Spin The 50 Best Albums of 2015
16
[40]
Sputnikmusic Top 50 Albums of 2015
19
[41]
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2015
47
[42]
The Skinny Top 50 Best Albums of 2015
31
[43]
The Daily Telegraph The Best Albums of 2015
[44]
The Vinyl Factory The 50 Best LPs of 2015
46
[45]
Under the Radar Top 100 Albums of 2015
8
[46]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally.

No. Title Length
1. "Levitation" 5:54
2. "Sparks" 5:21
3. "Space Song" 5:20
4. "Beyond Love" 4:25
5. "10:37" 3:48
6. "PPP" 6:08
7. "Wildflower" 3:39
8. "Bluebird" 3:55
9. "Days of Candy" 6:15
Total length: 44:45

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Depression Cherry.[8]

Beach House

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

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