REVIEW OF HER DEBUT LP // FAKE IT FLOWERS //
OUT 16 OCTOBER 2020
VIA DIRTY HITS RECORDS
Who is Beabadoobe? Well, she is Beatrice Laus. She is a 19-year-old Filipino born British songwriter, hailing from old smoky London town. And who, apparently, wishes she was Stephen Malkmus, the 53-year-old singer-songwriter of US indie outfit, Pavement. Her words not mine.
And when you listen to her debut album “Fake It Flowers” it gives a healthy nod to the fuzzy grunge rock of the early nineties, paying homage to bands like Verruca Salt, Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, mixed with touches of Lo Fi-ness akin to Sonic Youth, and Mazzy Star.
From start to finish, this record is smart and polished and beautifully sonic. Yes, it is very much the sum of its influences, but right now that not a bad thing. It’s great to have a young woman playing dirty rock instead of pre-packaged sickly-sweet sugar-tinged pop, where the dance routines and clothes are as important as the music their making, (or in most cases having made for them). THIS young lady knows how to write a song and then how to deliver it, brilliantly.
“Fake It Flowers” has lyrics that are self-reflective and introverted in parts. It’s fierce and angry, whilst it’s also dreamy and gentle. It has that feel of being written in her bedroom, whilst sitting on her own and contemplating life, in the way that only a 19-year-old can; naive and mature in equal measure.
The standout tracks for me are “Charlie Brown” a song about her battle with self-harm and its screaming chorus of “throw it away”. Also “Sorry” with its gentle strummed verses and lilting vocal, this track would sit quite comfortably on the Smashing Pumpkins classic record “Siamese Dream”.
All in all, from start to finish this is a very accomplished record, and in itself “Fake It Flowers” is an exciting record, but it’s even more exciting because it has been written by someone so young, her future is so bright, she will have to wear shades.
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FAKE IT FLOWERS TRACKLIST
2.) Worth It
3.) Dye It Red
4.) Back to Mars
5.) Charlie Brown
6.) Emo Song
8.) Further Away
9.) Horen Sarrison
10.) How Was Your Day?
12.) Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.