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September 10, 2009

Beach House signs to Sub Pop Records

beach houseBaltimore-based ambient pop duo Beach House has signed to the venerable Seattle indie label Sub Pop Records.

Sub Pop, home to artists such as the Postal Service, the Shins and Flight of the Conchords, will release Beach House's third album in early 2010, according to Susan Busch, director of radio promotions and an A&R rep for the label.

"I was super excited to have the opportunity to talk about working with them — let alone make it happen," Busch said.

Singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally released their self-titled debut in 2006 and followed it up with a second album, "Devotion," in 2007.

The new album, which doesn’t have a title yet, was recorded over the course of a month this summer in at Dreamland Recording in Woodstock, N.Y.

It will feature 10 songs and an accompanying DVD with 10 videos inspired by the songs. Scally said the project is the band’s most "expensive and expansive" to date. ...

"It’s a lot more ecstatic and alive," Scally said. "It’s a little more up-tempo. Not much more. We wanted each song to have a certain intensity. It’s really, really intense."

Sub Pop signed Beach House for two albums, with the option of a third, Busch said. She's been a fan of the band since she heard demos from the first album, and is excited to release the new one.

"It’s dreamy and pretty," she said. "It’s such a beautiful record. I can’t wait for people to hear it."

(Baltimore Sun archive photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:08 PM | | Comments (2)
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I believe Sup Pop was also Nirvana's label for the first part of their career.

Cribbster, I think you just might be right. I didn't list them because I wanted to toss out some of the artists currently on their roster. But yeah, Sub Pop is one of the biggest and most prestigious indie labels out there.

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