Who remembers Blog Rock? The short-lived genre from the mid-noughties was brought about by a thriving community of bloggers who posted mp3s from a seemingly never-ending pool of safe, middle-class indie music. For influences look to early Arcade Fire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and The Spinto Band. For the slightly weirder side of things look towards Deerhunter.

I’m not knocking it. I was a huge fan, and I couldn’t get enough for a while. Unfortunately, by the time Beach House’s debut record rolled around much of the indie blogger loving brigade had moved on and this follow-up provides more of the same with straight song writing and atmospheric arrangements that never really leave a mark. However, if there is one thing I remember from my Blog Rock days it’s that every record had one killer tune and this album is no different. Reach for ‘Other People’, a nicely paced summer tune with a killer chorus and send the rest back to the blogosphere.

By Olly Parker

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