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Beach House at Koolhaus Oct 13, 2012

The voice of lead singer/song-writer Victoria Legrand captivates and comforts many dedicated fans.  Unsurprisingly, her stage presence is just as hypnotic and speaks volumes of her talent that is unlike any other singer-songwriter I can think of.  I felt incredibly privileged to see Beach House perform live this past Saturday, since I have loved their sound for quite some time now and never thought I’d be able to witness them on tour. But as soon as I saw their name on the list of upcoming shows in Toronto, I had to get my tickets right away. Even though it seemed a little silly to buy them way back in June, my decision turned out to be a wise course of action since their show inevitably sold out amongst the numerous fans who can identify really good music within a mainstream culture saturated by Pop music, uninspired lyrics, all about visual aesthetics and lacking actual substance.

So being able to unite with a chill crowd who didn’t shove or push me despite being super excited was a new experience for me.  It was good enough just to sway back and forth and be swept away with warm feelings and genuine appreciation of beautiful music with soaring vocals and emotion.  As much as I love the track, A walk in the park, I was actually reluctant to sing along for once and ruin the beauty and simplicity of Legrand’s mournful refrain as she sings “More…you want more…you tell me…”

I can only imagine, that had I sung along loudly, the look of awe and rapture that seemed so common on so many faces would quickly change to frustration and hostility aimed in my direction.  So I refrained from the urge to belt out the lyrics (that are so easily identifiable with anyone who has ever been in a relationship) and spared my fellow Beach House fans from my atrocious vocals.

There tends to be a real sense of connection amongst the crowd, at so many shows but this one had a really special vibe.  The energy was content, introspective appreciative and mature even though it was an all ages show.  People just seemed to experience the same emotions at the same moments. Hearing Victoria sing “Real love finds you somewhere, get back to it” just seemed so incredibly brilliant and insightful.  I’ve never been into the deification of celebrities but she truly seemed ethereal, androgynous yet beautiful and fascinating on so many levels.  I felt like attending this show was a real gift.

Finally what struck me most about the show was the performance of the closing song.  Irene is a song off their latest album In Bloom, that I had somehow managed to overlook. So I was lost when they started playing and I couldn’t figure out which song this could possibly be.  The discovery of how lovely it was seemed like an incredible bonus added to the splendor of the night, and when Victoria did a perfectly synchronized execution of head banging and thrashing and twirling with that trademark mass of curls to the beat of the music, it was the PERFECT ending to a striking performance.  I really believe that everyone left the koolhaus thoroughly satisfied and convinced that Beach House is the real deal.