Opening his show with just his Stratocaster and a hearty dose of reverb, fellow Baltimorean and former member of Arbouretum Steve Strohmeier gave a 20-minute set of hazy guitar and folksy vocals that unfortunately found itself battling the still-settling crowd.
Fleet Foxes guitarist Sklyer Skjelset followed Strohmeier with another brief performance that had the Seattle guitarist attacking his effect-laden Jazzmaster through a menacing set that referenced '90s indie noise rockers like Bardo Pond, Flying Saucer Attack and Lee Ranaldo-led Sonic Youth.
Entering the stage amongst heaps of equipment, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally slinked through soothing versions of "Apple Orchard" and "Master of None" (from their self-titled debut) before bringing drummer Christopher Bear of Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear out to help perform Bloom's "Wild." After debuting a new track, the trio invited Strohmeier and Skjelset onstage for the majestic, collapsing outro to Teen Dream's "Silver Soul." Staying on as a quintet for the remainder of the 90-minute show, the beefy live version of Beach House helped give songs like "Norway," "Other People" and "Zebra" a lush and passionate feel that mimicked the waves of deep purple and washed-out red stage lights.
The band returned to give the loving and appreciative crowd — whom the talkative and droll Legrand thanked more than once — a two-song encore. Beach House managed to transform their introspective brand of ethereal pop into something immediate, energetic and most importantly, unforgettable.