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bdrmm follow their debut album 'Bedroom' with 'The Bedroom Tapes', a new seven-track EP rounding up remixes and sessions.
"The EP features bare bones versions of ‘Gush’, ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ and ‘Forget The Credits’ from the album, plus a version of their 2019 single ‘Question Mark’. Originally recorded at home by the band’s Ryan and Jordan Smith for various radio sessions, these fragile versions expose the feelings that are often obscured by the noise of Bedroom.
“They were recorded over a three-day period at the height of our lockdown anxieties,” explains Jordan. “They are intentionally stripped back and loose, juxtaposing what we set out to do with the album.” He continues: “We pulled together a small recording studio in my bedroom; there were cables everywhere and it was all quite a mess. As a result, these versions are more reflective of the times they were recorded in: suppressed, uncertain and alone.”
The EP is rounded out with three radical reworkings of songs from Bedroom: Andy Bell’s take on ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ under his GLOK guise, which explores the previously uncharted middle ground between the late Andrew Weatherall and underrated 4AD outfit Ultra Vivid Scene; Ditz’s dynamic deconstruction of ‘If….’ (which you can listen to below); and International Teachers Of Pop’s almost obscenely cheerful ‘de-mix’ of ‘Happy’."