SOTD: “I Love My Boyfriend” By Princess Chelsea

This track has been on repeat since I heard it. Although I won’t really admit it is a good track, it is really simplistic and the lyrics are rather juvenile. Sometimes though there is beauty in simplicity and this track has re-sparked my interest in the “Bedroom Pop” genre. When I was young I briefly became obsessed with this genre, I remember hearing “The Moldy Peaches” offbeat love songs and really enjoying them. It seems a common theme throughout my travels of finding music that I just can’t really share with people and the subgenre of “Bedroom Pop” is one of them. So my understanding of the genre is based on my own experiences, which is something I actually enjoy. Describing the genre, the tracks make me think of that person you grew up with that just seemed painfully dull, but after thinking they have no depth you find out they have been making music in their bedroom. Working all by themselves with multiple instruments to create a sound which reflects their simple life. Now, this is really not meant to put down the people who make this kind of music, I actually find it kind of charming to know everyone is able to create music. The genre really lacks depth, but it can’t help but make a cynic like me smile.

The song itself is very catchy, but I can’t help feeling like I am channeling my inner sixteen-year-old girl, scribbling in her diary. It becomes a weird romantic ballad, whereas an adult, if someone were to sing this song to me, or made it for me, I think I would be more taken back then enamored. The lyrics in a lot of the genre seem to speak to emotions that are easily expressed at a young age, the sentiments within this track and a lot of “bedroom pop” can be really unenaging as it is hard, as an adult, to relate to a simplistic connection with the world around you. I feel like this approach to music deters a lot of people who see music as more of a way to connect with deeper emotions they are currently experiencing. Even in the title, it is a bit hard to connect, as an adult, the term boyfriend and girlfriend seems a bit juvenile. I will admit to referring to Moka as my girlfriend in conversation, but when writing using “partner” just seems more apt from the perspective of a 30 something-year-old male. When I think of music as an art form I enjoy the quick emotional connection that comes with the lyrics. This track just leaves me feeling oddly nostalgic in a way that is hard to pin down. Princess Chelsea kind of acts as the ideal girl next door, a figure you may have known but never really understood. A lot of her tracks feel like an odd serenade from a portion of my life that is mostly forgotten and kind of unmemorable. In a sense, it celebrates that odd period where life was simpler, a point that becomes harder to connect with as an adult. It is easier to remember the struggles through childhood, then just the general being and natural curiosity of the world. I would say that music like this reminds me that I was once a simple little kid, and there is some charm in connecting with that time.

The video, although simple, compliments her sound on this particular track. It is kind of cheesy, silly and light-hearted. It does not hurt that I will admit some attraction to Princess Chelsea as I have always enjoyed her music videos. I am not sure this song would have stuck in my head as much if it was not for her presence in the song.

Of note, probably my favorite “Bedroom Pop” album that I have listened to countless times over the years is Emmy the Greats “The Great Secret Circus” I am certain at some point I will discuss her music more in depth.

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There is a boy I know
We are friends, we are more than
’cause everytime he looks at me I get electric shocks
In my brain and in my heart
But he is not the one I love

Still everytime I look into his pretty eyes
I think of all the things I didn’t even try
And though I know that it is only chemistry
There’s nothing in the world that I can do about it

But I love my boyfriend
He is good to me, he’s a good man
He takes care of me when I need aid
He’s the one I want to have children with

But everytime I close my eyes I think of him
And all the things I didn’t even do with him
And though I know that it is only chemistry
There’s nothing in the world that I can do about it
(oh)

 Ten years do I have to worry
I considered leaving for a guy that hates money
I get bored – what a bummer
Craving the intention of a blazed-out drummer

Time moves fast it’s the year of the election
The blush-inducing rush of another man’s affection
I don’t care, I don’t even know
I suppose I just wanted the attention

But I love my boyfriend
He is good to me, he’s a good man
He takes care of me wherever I am
He’s the one I want to have children with

Yeah I love my boyfriend
(Everytime I look into his pretty eyes)
And he loves me wherever I am
(i think of all the things I didn’t even try)
He is kind to me, he’s a good man
(And though I know that it is only chemistry)
And there is nothing in the world I wouldn’t do for him
(There’s nothing in the world I wouldn’t do for him)
Yeah

 

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