Review Summary: Did I ever tell you what the definition of bedroom pop is？
Half a year ago, as I was scouring Bandcamp for new music, I came across this album under the tag called 'bedroom pop'. I've always been more well-versed in heavier genres, but lately I've come across some releases of this certain style that I've fallen passinately in love with. A style which I still fail to label properly and thus find it difficult or nearly impossible to search for similar music. The best I can do is to call it a kind of a mix of trip-hop and ambient. It mostly relies on beats, somewhat more heavily on atmosphere and it's almost always devoid of any vocals.
World End's Relaxation is one album that captures that category quite well for me, though it's also not fully representative of it. Having been lucky enough to find it just after its release in April, I've been through it more times that I can count. It was love at first listen, and that love is still burning strong. The album has lost nothing of its charm.
The 'bedroom pop' tag is quite apt, I'd say. The record is carried by lo-fi beats and a chill atmosphere with some laid-back vocals. The latter mostly sound like samples and are always perfectly complementing the given song rather than being in the forefront. And while none of the songs stand out per se, they all easily stand on their own. They are easily distinguishable from each other after a few listens, despite the album as a whole being quite consistent in all regards. Some may say this consistency can be considered a lack of variety. For me, it doesn't distract anything from the experience. Every song just fits perfectly on this album, which is certainly an achievement in and of itself in my eyes.