Taking inspiration from alternative music both modern and classic, Bedroom is the hotly anticipated full-length debut from Hull/Leeds band bdrmm (pronounced the same as the album title). Loosely conceived around a plotline of a disintegrating long-term relationship set against a backdrop of the highs and lows of your early twenties, it’s set to be one of the best British guitar debuts of 2020.
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Yorkshire newcomers bdrmm have certainly done their homework alright. The young group know their way around a pedalboard and have soaked up a healthy amount of influence from groups making their best music before they were born. Their debut ‘Bedroom’ leans more to the side of post-punk and dream pop than full on shoegaze, focusing on propulsive drumming and snaking guitar lines than a full-on psych-distortion assault.
Following an instrumental opener, bdrmm’s characteristic sound is fully revealed on the following track ‘Push / Pull’. With its gothic wallowing’s and shimmering guitar lines, it nods to the cleaner moments of blackgaze pioneers Alcest and The Cure’s goth classic ‘Disintegration’. ‘A Reason to Celebrate’ matches Turnover’s emo-gaze with its rhythmic strums and melodicism, only furthered in ‘Gush’ which matches the lilts present in ‘Peripheral Vision’. bdrmm come into their own when they’re playing more abstract and cut up takes on psychedelia and pop. ‘(The Silence)’ avoids ambient interlude clichés by unveiling clever production dashes of reversed percussion and distant pianos. Similarly, the closer ‘Forget The Credits’ sounds like a song in slo-mo, plodding along like an inebriated funk track. Yo La Tengo and Deerhunter are bands which spring to mind after a short moment of mesmerisation.
‘Bedroom’ is a promising debut which blends psych-gaze revivalism with classic 80s and early 90s influences. If you’re aching for some new dreamy sounds to stare into space or at your feet to, then this is the record for you.
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