We all know it?s not that hard to record an entire album in your bedroom. Just steal a version of ProTools or Cubase and get down with it like a Grizzly Bear in a Beach House. It?s fun as well, just ask Hotbodies? Josh Boyd. Boyd likes to have fun and Hotbodies is half just that and half an enjoyable electropop album.
The music is not as bad as you might think by now. Boyd and crew, which means Michael Rudes (drums) and Joel David Miller (bass), have managed to translate that having-fun-in-bedroom-atmosphere onto this album and have a way with experimentation as well.
?Elf Ivy? is the most straightforward, quality song on here. The song most likely to appeal to the bedroompop crowd. A heavy on the cymbals beat, nice organgroove and lyrics that steer clear of cringeworthy. ?The Ones Who Made You What You Are? is a great, mellow follow-up with its downbeat synth rhythm and contemplative, harmonizing vocals. The three part title track gets close to the sound of that much lauded bedroompop band Grizzly Bear. Upbeat vocals hazy enough to get blessed with longtime hipster tag lo-fi and a swirling midsection that feels like a big band is marching through the room besides theirs.
The Hotbodies department of experiment appears throughout the album. ?Staticbodies? is just a huffing wave of, uhm, static and ?Static Reverb? is comprised of soothing organ tones slowly imploding before tuning out. If you?re up for a bit of bedroom-electro-pop ?Static? is an album that?s easy to enjoy, just don?t expect it to be in your head for a very long time once it?s finished. 6/10 -- Joris Heemskerk (8 April, 2008)