I never know what to say when people ask me what kind of music I like, because “indie rock” is such an outdated term, and “rock” doesn’t really do justice to the bands I love.
There are buzzwords that help describe my taste, however. I love dream music, reverb drenched guitars driven by motorik beats. Guitars are often sparse and slightly pinched single-note melodies, or maybe they are the strummed major seventh chords that never fail. The vocals aren’t always the most important part of the song and are often themselves dripping with layers of reverb and delay. There are many market-friendly terms that have been coined to describe music like this, like dream pop or room pop, or there are existing genres like shoegaze. All of these types of music are great, but they usually lack something or have too much else.
I finally found an artist who almost too much for my taste. Bedroom is the musical project of Noah Kittinger, who makes dreamy, melancholy music that does not belong to any genre. And that’s what is so perfect about Bedroom. His music transcends genres in a good way, as there are too many acoustic guitars and not enough distortion for shoegaze or too much speed for relaxed dream pop tempos.
I read an article on Kittinger that describes this phenomenon very well, taken from an Interview Magazine article by Colin Joyce from 2014. “There’s a kind of hazy, abstract variety of pop guitar emanating from rooms around the world. whole. It’s lumped together with dream-pop and shoegaze, but it’s really neither. It is a kind of polyglot music, a music which makes a lot of obscuration to make understand its often ineffable points. Basically, Kittinger makes the kind of music that I would have liked to do.
As someone who prefers electric guitar over acoustics, I find myself enjoying the perfect combination of the two that Bedroom uses. The main melodies are sparse, like the four note riff of the song “Hurry, Get Up”, and the chords act as rhythmically as any percussion in the song.
I’ve known Bedroom for a while thanks to the song “Nothing Lasts”, but I only explored this song recently. It’s from the “Grow” album, which is as far as I’ve explored so far. Bedroom released a new album, “Stray”, in April of this year, which I’m sure I’ll be able to listen to in the near future.
I can just name my favorite type of music after the artist who embodies it the most. The bedroom is an exciting new discovery for me, and I look forward to listening to more and more of Kittinger’s catalog.
Ryan meyer is a second year student major in journalism. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]