Album #175: bdrmm – Bedroom

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Hull, England
  • Label: Sonic Cathedral
  • Best Track: Happy

I’m not sure about these bands that leave the vowels out of their names. Whether PWR BTTM and the allegations against them have soured it for me I don’t know. Anyway, names aren’t everything and I like what I’ve heard from bdrmm previously, so let’s give it a go.

Bedroom is the debut album from the Hull dreampop/shoegaze band, and it’s a treat. Yes, it wears its influences on its sleeve, but channels them well into a modern-era shoegaze record to rival anything I’ve heard in the last few years.

After two largely instrumental tracks, third track ‘A Reason to Celebrate’ seesaws and shimmers, sounding like a song where My Bloody Valentine came up with the music and Ride did the vocals. ‘If’ oddly reminds me of Weezer’s ‘Sweater Song’ in its melody, while ‘Happy’ is the sort of murky, uptempo jam I felt was missing from the last DIIV album.

The lyrics are sparse, yet have a depth rarely seen in this genre. Honest and often probing, they deal with guilt and anxiety, and the profoundness of ‘(The Silence)’ gives me chills in particular – “The silence you speak in my ear/Proves that you can’t be here”.

Terrific album. Impressive from start to finish.

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