Coachella 2010: Beach House, shine on you crazy diamond
Except for the goth lasers of Fever Ray last night, Coachella has been surprisingly limp of set decorations so far. One wouldn't expect the hazy Baltimore dreampop duo Beach House to right that ship, but at its rapturously received Mojave tent set, it deployed a wholly unexpected secret weapon -- half a dozen Volkswagen-sized disco-ball encrusted diamonds.
They hung at varying heights from the ceiling, which created a weird and beguiling sense of proportion onstage: What should one be looking at, the big glittery things above or the smaller, raven-haired things making the noise below?
And what a noise. Beach House finally came into its own on "Teen Dream," and the prominent new placement of drums in its gauzy, Cocteau Twins-inspired mix brought out a needed clarity. Victoria Legrand's voice has never sounded bigger, and the tunes from "Teen Dream" moved with an urgency the band's never shown before.
Last year's headliner Roger Waters (and his giant pig) might want to be on alert for some set-design competition.
Photo: Victoria Legrand of Beach House performs in the Mojave tent on the second day of Coachella. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times