Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand of Beach House perform at Bonnaroo's This Tent July 14, 2019 in Manchester, Tenn.
Hayden Goodridge | MTSU Seigenthaler News Service
While the Bonnaroo stages have always been a place for bands to give off their most bombastic performances, Beach House was perfectly content with presenting their music Friday night with the same subdued serenity they’ve crafted across seven albums.
From opening their set with “Dark Spring,” the three-piece band seemed to be beckoning to all passersby, asking them through ethereal melodies to sit and stay awhile.
The invitation of Victoria Legrand’s hushed voice alongside bandmate Alex Scally’s sliding guitar notes induced the audience into a calm appreciation of the music, as the warm synths enveloped This Tent in shoegaze bliss.
Without lights shining on their faces, Beach House’s black silhouettes stood against their subtly colored backdrop as they let their music be their personality. Standing like quiet ghosts on stage, the artists felt as haunting as they did beautiful.
At the height of the performance, the band members launched into their hit “Space Song” — twinkling stars shining behind them as they waltzed through the weightless cosmos.
As they closed out their transcendent set with “Dive,” the song grew from a meditative lullaby into a crescendo of washed-out guitar and percussion. As the song reached its peak, Legrand sang the words “left all illusion,” as if the concert had been only a dream.
For the audience who got to watch them between the many large acts of the day, Beach House was a pleasant dream indeed.