When I first started making music in the mid ’90s there was no such thing as bedroom pop. The technology wasn’t available yet to make good sounding recordings. There was tape which was hard to work for many reasons I won’t go into. Times have changed and bedroom music has become its own genre.
Poor Elliot composed of Lauren Wilson and Parker Bradford explain that their music is the epitome of bedroom pop from the recording process to the aesthetics. I would have to agree that their four-song eponymous release Poor Elliot sounds very much like the bedroom indie pop I have in my head.
The songs are relatively short and catchy. They start with “A Better Time” which begins with synths, guitar and what sounds like a xylophone. There are drums that fade into the mix. The verse is undeniably infectious. They got to the chorus very fast and I felt like the song did what it needed to. There was no fat on the song.
Up next is “Love U So Hard” which is under two minutes. I loved the groove on this song which is very clean with a phaser type of sound coming from the guitars. This song reminded me of one of my favorite groups - Broadcast.
“Closing Song” is actually the penultimate song and continues to do what the duo does really well which is create short yet memorable melodies. The mood here is a bit more dreamy and even psychedelic than the previous songs.
They closed with “Green Light” which actually reminded me even more of the group Broadcast. There is more melancholy in this song and it sounds good on them. Wilson sings, “I don’t know / I don’t feel right / open the window / I’m having a hard time.” I loved the ominous tones on this song which became all encompassing at points.
This is a great four-song EP. The songs are well written and delivered. This is bedroom pop at some of its finest. Take a listen.
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