Legrand and Scally met in Baltimore's indie rock scene and formed Beach House in 2004. They began releasing songs soon after, including "Apple Orchard," which appeared on Pitchfork's Infinite Mixtape MP3 series in August 2006. That October, the duo released their self-titled debut album, which drew comparisons to Nico and Mazzy Star, on Carpark. Early in 2007, Beach House recorded their second album in two months at Lord Baltimore Studio; the results were the fuller-sounding Devotion, which arrived on Carpark in 2008. Following a lengthy tour, Scally and Legrand worked with producer Chris Coady on their Sub Pop debut Teen Dream. Released in early 2010, the album continued to refine the duo's sound, and debuted in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200.