"This Is Where I Keep It" CD
Genres: bedroom pop, lo-fi
Feb 28 - Mar 6 2005
Hedaya is entirely the work of Simon Kean, a seriously
dedicated bedroom recorder from Australia. This Is Where I
Keep It, his sophomore album, is a ten-song binge of depressed
lyrics, dark compositions, and detached melodies. Due to their
home-produced nature, these songs are pretty minimal by design.
Long, basic structures are drawn out over each song on this Hedaya
record, establishing an effectively sad though often bland mood. A
listener would need to really like depressed, dark hometaper pop (like
Smog but strangely glossier) in order to appreciate This
Is..., since often it becomes too homogeneous to appeal to the
average listener. However, the record's detached sound is at
times quite inventive ("My Beautiful Blue,"
"Bind") - still, it could do with a few less songs to help
distill the selection to a better quality.
Kean may seem a bit pretentious to attempt a release of this
nature (heck, perhaps he is), but his ambitious style is by no means a
bad thing - for niche experts, there is more than enough here to get
excited about; you'll just have to sift through some of the filler to
get to the juicy core.
10 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]