In Review: Beabadoobee - 'Care'
After numerous livestreams, online content and doing the rounds with her music on TikTok during lockdown, Beadaboobee has finally given us something to get our teeth stuck into. ‘Care’ is the first single released from her upcoming album Fake It Flowers which we can expect via Dirty Hit later this year.
Opening with a muted guitar lead that is built upon quickly, the energetic track comes to life with a rugged bassline and sharp, reflective lyrics. It comes at the perfect time for Beabadoobee to solidify her place in the alt-rock scene and as more than just a bedroom-pop wonder. This rock-flavoured tune offers us a confessional take on the world through a cathartic lens that her following of retro-styled teenage girls readily relate to.
Filled with nostalgic lyrics, the chorus goes: “I don’t want your sympathy / Stop saying you give a shit / ‘Cause you don’t really care.” This track could have easily been plucked straight out of the pivotal moment in an American 90s coming-of-age film, right as we're reaching the cusp of the 20-year cycle of music scenes. We’re talking “angsty teenage girl comes to a realisation and drives away from all her problems in a beat-up Honda” kind of vibe.
It pretty much sums up Beabadoobee’s general vibe, but it works. She’s already earned herself a BRITS Rising Star Nomination earlier this year, has become Gen Z’s alt-rock teenage icon, and is one of the contemporary bedroom-pop surge alongside the likes of Soccer Mommy, girl in red, and Arlo Parks. The main difference with Beabadoobee’s latest track is that she has a lot more confidence in her voice now than she did with her Space Cadet EP. She’s no longer hiding behind melodic guitar singing gently and hushed, she’s got frustration she wants to let out and she’s not afraid of being vulnerable anymore.
Fake It Flowers is out via Dirty Hit later this year.