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Bedroom Walls
I SAW YOU COMING BACK TO ME
(Giant Pets)

The now LA-based collective Bedroom Walls cut their teeth as students in the Boston music scene. Members of the band were active in Papas Fritas, the Falsies, and Honeyglazed, and the bassist used to work the door at the Middle East. But on their debut full-length, they call to mind not fellow Bostonians but Hoboken indie heroes Yo La Tengo, with whom they share a penchant for boy/girl harmonies, arrangements as soothingly simple as they are deftly melodic, and a dreamy, æthereal quality thatís as perfect for Saturday-afternoon barbecues as it is for late-night post-clubbing cool-downs. The band call this style "romanticore," and that self-genrefication is both a blessing and a curse. Although theyíve found a signature sound early in their career (even instrumentals like "More ĎReal Catsí " seem to fit their stylistic tag), itís a bit confining; you can feel singer-songwriter Adam Goldman almost break out of his warm and fuzzy shell on "Winter, Thatís All" before retreating back into a melancholy mood. Still, the quiet lull of keyboards on "He to Whom Mercy Has Been Granted" and the inviting guitar textures on their cover of Yo La Tengoís "Green Arrow" give some appeal to the notion of a romanticore wing of indie rock.

BY JEFF MILLER


Issue Date: October 1 - 7, 2004
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