Written By Atheena Frizzell
Just a few weeks ago, Beach House announced that they will be releasing B-Sides and Rarities, an album set to compile tracks that did not have a proper place on any of their previous six records. “Chariot” was released in honor of this, as a preamble for what’s to come.
To the habitual listener, The familiarity of “Chariot” feels like being greeted by an old friend. In the likeness of the duo’s other tracks, the song seems to float through a transient space and explore its surroundings. Victoria Legrand’s hypnotic voice coupled with Alex Scally's meaningful guitar run together seamlessly through the song’s five minutes and sixteen seconds, allowing each verse to soak thoroughly through. Whimsical vagary and nostalgia are a few other traits laced between the lyrics of the track and, in this song, seem to echo the sounds of heartbreak;
“Losing touch, not that much / She was running back to you, to you / No more”
Contrasted with imagery of “A sunny day in their chariot,” lines such as these are as puncturing, like days in which the melancholy of an old goodbye cannot be escaped. The simplicity of word in sentiments such as these contribute to what makes the lovely/lonely world of Beach House so rich.
Beach House is one of the few bands I’ve never grown tired of. I’d casually listened to Beach House in their earlier years, but it was not until their double release of Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars in 2015 that they became a massive part of my life. To people and places and forevers and nowheres, their anthems will always be linked. It is a comfort to know that, come June 30th, listeners will get to travel back in time to their old days, and hear what once was anew.