Bedroom / Boredom: 'Reefs' / EP Review
Bedroom / Boredom have released their second EP in a year and the jump in quality is undeniable.
Reefs blusters indie riffs and energetic grooves, full of the charm that resides in the band’s already well developed sound. Track ‘Like Water’ drops the listener into a pool of psychedelic-indie flow and its mellow opening surges into an all encompassing ripple of spirit. A funky dub mood is injected during the middle 8 that comes across as an Isaac Hayes/Curtis Mayfield influence.
‘Where’s Kelly’ isolates the natural soul in singer Dan Rimmer’s voice, delivering line “and I’m scared I’m gonna lose you” with passion and desperation. The much loved and revered saxophone utilised in the band's arsenal calmly beckons in an anthemic chorus of guitar multitude towards the end of the track, before joining the rest of the hard hitting instrumentation in the fray.
Where the aforementioned tracks have sounded fresh with clear new elements being employed in the band's repertoire, song ‘Shuteye’ harks back musically to Bedroom / Boredom’s debut EP I Wouldn't Worry. Consisting of melodic sliding bass and punctuated drums. The sax is used less sparingly and is very much prominent in the chorus. Creating a “get your knees up” jive sensation.
Production wise, the whole EP can easily pass as the work of a much larger band. Showing the quality these boys can easily produce. Compared to I Wouldn't Worry, they no longer sound like your average bedroom indie band with good songs. Polished and full, Reefs captures the band at their current peak in regards to songwriting and performance.
Having gained airplay on BBC Introducing along with religiously gigging throughout Surrey and London, Bedroom / Boredom will be playing Hoxton Square Bar on the 14th of September supporting Coquin Migale. As established, Reefs is a great EP to listen to. But nothing beats catching the lads out and about in a live environment. Make sure to attend their upcoming show, as everything else you can do in your bedroom at home is comparatively boring.
Written by Hugo Lagnado