Beach House is an American dream pop band from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of French-born Victoria Legrand (vocals, keyboards) and Baltimore native Alex Scally (guitar, keyboards).
Their self-titled debut album was released in 2006 to critical acclaim and has been followed by Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010, Bloom in 2012, and Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars in 2015.
On September 28, 2015, popular music webzine Spin reported that the band had performed a new song called “Helicopter Dream (I’m Awake)” on Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne’s new podcast. Other music webzines also reported on the purported new track, including Consequence of Sound, Fact, and Stereogum However, according to the band’s representatives, the song was a fake. In an email to Spin, their representatives state, “It is not a new song. Not even their voices on that podcast. Sorry!” This led to a thinkpiece from the gossip blog Gawker, which used the hoax as an example of “how easy it is to fool a blogger”.
Notably, reaction to the fake track was largely favorable, with Spin calling it a “fuzzy space-odyssey” and Consequence of Sound describing it as “a reverb-soaked number.” Even the band itself gave a positive review, tweeting, “To whoever made that fake podcast interview, we like your helicopter dream song.”