March 17th | Fleece

So, what is bedroom pop? A low-fidelity genre, usually heavily influenced by the indie/ alternative rock canons, and the copious subgenres that live therein. The decrease in sound quality tends to make the emotive impact of the genre more potent. Warm hisses from cheap microphones give a rawer, more immediate sound.

The stripped nature of the recording process also tends to favour simple compositions, which rely on precise compositions to create big moments out of subtle beauty. When ‘production’ isn’t used as a crutch, there is very little to hide behind, leading to the best in the subgenre writing some of the most striking songs of this decade (see Alex G’s ‘Snot’ and the Microphones’ ‘I Want Wind to Blow’).

Jay Som follows this tradition; the four albums she’s released since 2016’s Turn Into are all packed full of instances of micro-level genius. Her songs are humid, hazy jangles of hummable moments that feel nostalgic and contemporary at the same time. Her vocal style is a soft, comforting presence, at once calming and sensual, flowing over expert melodies that have her voice low and throaty, before careening into high registers.

Jay Som’s ability as a singer-songwriter is unquestionable. She may have outgrown the confines of her bedroom, but the precise mastery of songwriting that helped her do so wasn’t left behind.

Listen to ‘A Thousand Words’ here: