In 2006, Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurðsson founded the Bedroom Community label with Nico Muhly and Ben Frost, soon adding Sam Amidon to the intimate roster of artist and collaborators.
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"While Nico Muhly has been getting noticed for his work for a while, this first collection (Speaks Volumes), as eclectic and disparate as it is, is certain to raise his profile and put the fledgling Bedroom Community imprint on the map.
"Theory Of Machines, written by Australian Ben Frost, is the second release from the Bedroom Community label. In a word Theory Of Machines is the most striking record that I have heard this year. Magnificent."
"Aching beauty in every minute. That’s the five word description that springs to mind for Ekvílibríum, the debut album of Valgeir Sigurðsson, perhaps not the easiest to remember name, but certainly one of the most well known for being a stellar producer to various artists. In the midst of all this production work, he started the Bedroom Community label, which shot to the top of everyone’s minds earlier this year with the outrageously fantastic Theory of Machines by Ben Frost."
"Icelandic imprint Bedroom Community have distilled some of the most interesting records around, first with Nico Muhly’s delicate Speaks Volumes, then with Ben Frost’s textural Theory Of Machines, and, more recently with Valgeir Sigurðsson’s own stellar Ekvílibríum."
"With All Is Well, Sam Amidon has crafted a precious gem of a record, all in nuances and shades, with delicate overtones and airy harmonies. The Bedroom Community family is growing, but the standards are as high as ever."
"The trio of artists responsible for the record-- Amidon, Muhly, and Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurðsson (All Is Well was recorded at Sigurðsson's Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik and released on his Bedroom Community label)-- create a very specific space with these arrangements, which goes beyond simply setting mood and atmosphere."
"In an era of overheated Nick Drake comparisons, Amidon is eerily close to the real thing, singing in a fragile but certain tenor against the deep breath and soft sweep of Nico Muhly’s orchestrations."
"Bedroom Community has a history of releasing particularly off-kilter juxtapositions of sound. I’ve written at length about the Valgeir Sigurðsson and Ben Frost, two titanically impressive bolts of creativity. Muhly’s second album, Mothertongue appears to be the third part of that album trilogy to me, a strong statement for this fairly new record label."
"Muhly’s abundance of talent lights up the sky like fireworks from the start of his second album for the sparky Bedroom Community label."
*excerpts from Rolling Stone, Wire Magazine, The Milk Factory, Pitchfork, Morgunblaðið, Word, Mapsadaisical
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