By Mollie Lewis
Launched on October 16th, beabadoobee’s debut studio album Faux it Flowers is maybe the proper ‘sad-girl autumn’ soundtrack, that we didn’t even know we would have liked. The Filipino-born British singer has skilled a swift rise to fame because the launch of her first observe ‘Espresso’, and her subsequent signing by the impartial report label Soiled Hit, who’ve signed fashionable artists corresponding to The 1975 and Wolf Alice. beabadoobee, or Beatrice Laus, has additionally accomplished her fair proportion of dwell performing, having supported the equally distinctive artist Clairo on her 2019 tour, in addition to with The 1975 earlier this yr earlier than their tour was reduce quick by the pandemic. Nevertheless, following the discharge of Faux it Flowers she has introduced her personal headline tour throughout the UK and Eire which (virus permitting) will happen all through September and October 2021.
The twelve-track album options the artist’s trademark, nearly nostalgic 90s grunge fashion, regardless of having missed out on the last decade herself by only one yr. beabadoobee’s uncooked recording fashion, particularly heard on the softer acoustic tracks corresponding to ‘How Was Your Day’, provides the album a sense of intimacy, which may solely be welcomed in a yr that has been overwhelmingly outlined by distance. Not solely this, however the effortlessly cool artist as soon as once more manages to strike the distinctive stability of exhausting and mushy sound that provides her music the general impression of a darkish daydream. This sound world that she creates is refreshingly distinctive in a world of more and more commercialised pop.
All through the album, you may hear a robust affect from her label mates, The 1975. In truth, upon listening to the openings to the tracks ‘Value it’, ‘Again to Mars’, and ‘Horen Sarrison’, you might simply be deceived into believing they really belonged to the favored indie band. That’s, in fact, till the doorway of beabadoobee’s unmistakable vocals. A lot of this similarity comes from her use of electrical guitar and synthesizers which replicates the attribute ‘electropop’ fashion of The 1975. Nevertheless, the observe ‘Charlie Brown’, which is called after beabadoobee’s sketch tattoo, reveals off the significance of punk and emo genres as elements in her music. That is primarily as a result of screamo-style refrain of the tune, which arguably comes a fairly a shock given the artist’s shy manner genuinely.
Presumably the largest ‘bop’ on the album is its lead single ‘Care’, which was launched again in July of this yr. The observe successfully units the tone for the remainder the album with its empowering, nearly anger-fuelled lyrics, coupled by a heavy drum beat to drive the message dwelling. This temper is picked up once more in ‘Dye it Pink’, by which the lyrics categorical an analogous sense of post-breakup freedom, and that is conveyed within the tune as early because the opening line, ‘kiss my ass’. Nevertheless, while lots of the songs on the album look like impressed by anger and heartbreak, beabadoobee enhances these with quite a lot of love songs, which achieve taking the listener on fairly the emotional rollercoaster. A very particular instance is ‘Horen Sarrison’, the title of which is a spoonerism of the title ‘Soren Harrison, the singer’s long-time boyfriend. The sentimentality of the observe is augmented by the addition of luscious strings which surprisingly complement beabadoobee’s usually darker, heavier sound.
Probably the most intimate, and maybe my favorite, tune on the album is ‘How Was Your Day?’. It’s considerably paying homage to her breakthrough tune ‘Espresso’ in that it options solely vocals over oscillating chords on the acoustic guitar. Nevertheless, this simplicity makes for a phenomenal second of calm amidst the heavier, extra electric-based tracks. Regardless of the intimacy of the tune, the message conveyed by the lyrics is that of feeling distanced and disconnected from somebody and I believe that is maybe why it’s so simple to attach with as now we have all doubtless skilled this over the course of 2020. beabadoobee encapsulates these feelings in a very stunning and delicate method by this tune, utilizing her easy melody and heartfelt lyrics to precise only one facet of a long-distance dialog.
beabadoobee ends the narrative of Faux it Flowers with ‘Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene’ which is the artist’s self-confessed ‘loud and silly’ tune on the album, as she described it in an interview with NME. The title of the tune is supposedly impressed by the names she intends to present her future kids, which unsurprisingly occur to be as quirky because the artist herself. Each lyrically and musically playful, this observe supplies a playful finish to an emotionally uncooked album. From begin to end, Faux it Flowers highlights beabadoobee’s apparent flare for song-writing, by which she transports us again round thirty years to a time of vinyl information, Doc Martins, and most significantly, no world pandemic. Because of this, I’m hopeful that beabadoobee’s followers could have the possibility to listen to this authentic new music dwell within the close to future.
Featured Picture: Album cowl for Faux it Flowers through beabadoobee press launch.