Bedroom Pop

Since the moment I discovered Bandcamp, bedroom pop has been one of my favorite genres. The twangy guitar, light synths, and intimate vocals that were probably recorded in a bathroom (although bedroom certainly sounds more appealing) with a Windows 98 microphone—it's pretty much everything that a mainstream artist tries to stay away from. However, the new wave of "indie" musicians have embraced these flaws, and the result is nothing short of wonderful.

Florist is a band that creates music that I can only begin to describe as musical poetry. Though it isn't quite spoken word (although some songs like "Thank You" off of The Birds Outside Sang do provide that sort of vibe), they manage to create noises like all of your favorite words. Florist creates a sound so modest and soft that every song feels like a bed after a long day.

Albums like If Blue Could Be Happiness move with perfect ease, transitioning from one song to another with silences that feel like breaths or blinks of the eye; the flow is uninterrupted and not a second on the 36-minute album is wasted. I cannot sleep with noise, but If Blue Could Be Happiness is a rare exception. The combination of the muted drums and every other feature on "The Fear of Losing This" give this album a jazzy sound. I can't help but think of the 2007 song "Boats & Birds" by Gregory and the Hawk when I listen to it.

Florist's lyrics on this album try to find the beauty in everything. As the song "Glowing Brightly" asks, "Is there anything more beautiful than afternoon?". Colors are used to describe everything from light to happiness, but after listening to this album, every color can be tied to a common attribute; they are all important and beautiful.

Typically, when I listen to artists or albums long enough, I eventually look back and think of how things were when I first heard them. However, even after listening to Florist for an immense amount of time, they still evoke the same emotions and thoughts for me: an overwhelming sense of comfort and softness from noise.

Florist makes you nostalgic for the past, present, and future all at once: "The people I've yet to meet, and the memories I keep."

By Michael Jones

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