Billy Bragg has been proffering his brand of topical Folk
Rock for more than 30 years now.
Curiously, Bragg’s first album in five years, Tooth & Nail,
is a wistful, less politically inclined affair anchored by the tasteful
production work of Joe Henry.
Beach House’s gauzy head-trips are marked
by the hypnotic voice of frontlady Victoria Legrand. Within the band’s
recorded output — which is now at four increasingly ear-pleasing albums
after the release of 2012’s Bloom, its second for SubPop
— Legrand comes off as an otherworldly figure, an ethereal being who
emits dreamy, mood-altering songs rife with ambiguous lyrics and enough
atmosphere to fill a Terrence Malick triple-bill.