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Bedroom Walls

Bedroom Walls: I Saw You Coming Back To MeI Saw You Coming Back To Me (2003)
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Romanticore. The band invented the term for themselves, defining their genre only with examples of melancholy situations and things such as "staring at the ceiling," "sedatives," and "knowing your ex-girlfriend is happier now." They also once stated to the press that "we just want to make people sad.
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Romanticore. The band invented the term for themselves, defining their genre only with examples of melancholy situations and things such as "staring at the ceiling," "sedatives," and "knowing your ex-girlfriend is happier now." They also once stated to the press that "we just want to make people sad." Well, it's not working, not for me. It's too good to make me sad.

Mellow they are indeed. Slow - only sometimes. Sad - maybe lyrically a little, but emo, in the current definition of the term, they surely are not. They do not play glorified pop-punk with over-dramatic lyrics, and there are no pseudo-hardcore breakdowns or screaming here - just sparse but well-orchestrated music. The closest comparisons I could draw for the overall sound would be the Velvet Underground's self-titled album, Nico's Chelsea Girl, and early Elliott Smith. Bedroom Wall's music is usually hushed, but the pop tendencies are in there, sometimes more buried then others. The music is often just instrumental, sometimes as spare as a lone guitar playing clean channel arpeggios with some tremolo for good measure, but sometimes they fill more space with glockenspiel, timpani, or drumset, keys and even trumpets. When there are vocals, they are soft but not whispered by male and female members of the band. Fans of oft-mellow, oft-slow bands like Low, Belle And Sebastien, Yo La Tengo, and Death Cab will probably also enjoy this stuff.

Opener "Do The Buildings And Cops Make You Smile?" is a simple, swaying 6/8 tune with brushed drums, light electric guitar and tasteful organ, and a melody that climbs upward as the dynamics build. It's a well-written song that's never over-bearing but draws you in anyway; it sets the tone for the rest of the album. "I've Been Thinking A Lot About Dots On The Wall" is my favorite track, making good use of the male/female vocal duo, and with lyrics that seem sad a bit on the surface but are a bit too funny; "Magazines / Lima beans / Wear the same pair of dirty jeans." They dig funny titles too, giving an exclamatory title ("Landlord! Watch! Coffin! Angels!") to yet another pretty slow, laid back tune.

This album is kind of like a Wes Anderson film, or "Lost in Translation;" it's a dark comedy…it's funny in a sad way. But really it's not that sad, except maybe to those unable to accept anything that doesn't have a double-time drum beat. I still don't know fully what romanticore means exactly, but if it sounds like these guys think, I like it.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 21, 2005)

I love these guys. You should check out their more recent EP, too. It adds an experimantal, noisey dimension to that dreamy thing they do on the debut. According to their website, a new LP is also on the way, and they just played South by Southwest in Austin.

Anonymous (March 10, 2005)

wow

Kenjamin (March 9, 2005)

Ever read the Senses Fail bio on their website? It's some of the most inflated pompous self propping I've ever read. "At the time Buddy was really into Daoism and his lyrics....What band can fuse metal, punk, pop, and hardcore better than senses fail?"

Icapped2pac (March 8, 2005)

Mentioning Low made me remember that band "The Low Millions" that was on Conan the other night. Anybody see that? It was so bad, I was embarassed for them. Who buys stuff like that anyway?

sethcohen (March 8, 2005)

At least their self coined genre is better than the one Senses Fail gave themselves. Homicidecore. Gime me a fucking break

slippy (March 8, 2005)

low!

Inspection12e (March 8, 2005)

I agree with lou 100%. Made me go listen to the mp3s and I think i might have to purchase this album from them.

lou (March 8, 2005)

very good review. made me want to hear this band. low is good.

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