Now the term bedroom pop is something I cannot stand – it’s a lazy description. But in the case of Monomyth’s latest offering it’s a totally apt description.
The new record from the Canadian four-piece – again, perfectly named – Happy Pop Family, does give off a vibe that it truly could have been recorded in someone’s bedroom. Probably because the whole album was recorded to tape and mixed straight off the board, adding idiosyncratic charm and character to each song. However, with an emphasis on the slick guitar riffs, it doesn’t detract from the rhythm of the album.
When listening to Monomyth, you cannot help but picture yourself on a sunny picturesque beach somewhere in America, listening to bands like Wavves and Dinosaur Jr, and that is by no means a bad thing. Their guitar tone blend of jangle and fuzz brings a certain appeal to the band, but it’s the lyrics which entice the listener to give Happy Pop Family repeated listens.
Album opener, ‘Aloha’, is a great example of this. The opening riff gives a good indication of what to expect from the record musically, but it’s the lyrics that stand out. Lines like; “found my slice of paradise” reflects the irony of the deeper meaning behind, which on the surface, seems like quite a happy go lucky track.
This darker side to ‘pop’ is clearly present in the track ‘Puppet Creek’, where the band perfectly display their wavy, guitar-duelling psych-pop, while singing about the mundanity of being in a rock and roll band.
Along with the chiming guitars and vocal harmonies, each track is decorated with inventive drumming, delicate synths and the odd acoustic touch; all adding to the dynamic texture of the record. It helps create an incredibly appealing sound, transporting you to a different place; a place where even if things aren’t quite going your way you can sort it out through music.
It’s a message that’s perfectly communicated on album closer, ‘Fuck With Me’; a bleak look at love-lost, presented in a positive package of fuzzy guitars and a nice homage to The Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me?’.
Bedroom pop may be a term which is a bit flat on description, but Happy Pop Family is certainly the music you could imagine four friends producing in their bedroom, all the while discussing life’s hardships.
Happy Pop Family is out on November 4th via Mint Records