Bedroom Pop: A Look Into The Pandemic’s Favorite Genre

Cameron DeFaria

The “Quarantine Era” will forever be remembered alongside sentiments of loneliness, social disconnect, and the hope for nearby change. And while everyone is in the same boat, the innate human desire to relate to one another remains difficult to fulfill. Well, it just so happens that the once-niche music genre “Bedroom Pop” found the perfect time to rise to prominence in 2019, on the brink of a pandemic that would more or less keep everyone just there–in our bedrooms.


The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) artist generally consists of a budget musician who works out of an unprofessional setting, but who is capable of delivering worthwhile content that contains rhetoric and underlying messages one might not encounter on Billboard’s “Top 40” charts. Well, artists like Omar Apollo, Rex Orange County, and Olivia Rodrigo have changed that. Of course, Billie Eilish is widely considered the pioneer of this sound, but a renewed appreciation for raw, angsty, lo-fi sound spectrums has run rampant among music consumers everywhere. Perhaps it’s because listeners don’t feel as though the music is fabricated like records released by major labels; the genre seems to evoke a vulnerability that has become difficult to find in modern music.


In this “Bedroom Pop Gloom” playlist, we explore artists who haven’t quite acquired the mainstream notoriety that some of their peers have accomplished on the internet. Whether it be the rough, drawn out guitar chord progression from MILLY’s “Crazy Horse”, the seemingly distanced ukulele out of Violet Lewis’ raw ballad “Sad Boy I Love You”, or the Bob Dylan-esque dissonance from Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You In The End”, these tunes are unapologetically organic–guaranteed to make you feel some type of way. Or more specifically, make you feel like you’re staring at your ceiling, lying comfortably in your bedroom.

In collaboration with Traklife Curator (Playlist): Mark Soleymani