Sunday, May 02, 2021

Beabadoobee - Our Extended Play: What To Expect

Beabadoobee has graced us with the new track ‘Last Day on Earth’, announced as part of her upcoming EP, titled, Our Extended Play, which is set to drop this spring. 

Following on from her fourth album Fake It Flowers, which was released towards the end of 2020, Our Extended Play promises to follow suit with the same eclectic mix of punk and pop that beabadoobee has come to be known for.

The singer, formally known as Beatrice Laus, recently saw a surge in popularity after her original song ‘Coffee’ was sampled by Powfu last year and subsequently blew up on the popular short-form video network Tiktok. 

However, beadbadoobee has been making seismic waves through the indie scene for some time now. Over the past few years she has evolved into the indie-punk protégé of songwriting veterans Matt Healy and George Daniel, of The 1975, following on from her work as a support act for the band during their Music For Cars tour.

Our Extended Play will see the three musical powerhouses form what we have already seen to be a beautiful alliance.

If ‘Last Day on Earth’ is anything to go by, the EP will illicit nostalgia for early noughties high school films, and their soundtracks, as well as a time before the COVID-19 pandemic; beabadoobee claims the single is “about all the things I would have done had I known we were going into lockdown and the world was going to change […] the things I would have done if I knew it was the last day of our old normality”. 

Perhaps this sense of an ‘old normality’ will evolve as a recurrent theme throughout the EP, where listeners will be able to employ it as a soundtrack to their own reminiscence of pre-pandemic life. 

Although ‘Last Day on Earth’ is evocative of some of The 1975’s most popular tracks – for example, if you listen to verse two of Last Day on Earth alongside verse two of The 1975’s So Far (It’s Alright) the lyrical flow is noticeably similar towards the end of each verse – beabadoobee is sure to put her grungy stamp on Our Extended Play. It will certainly be interesting to see whether she returns to her indie ‘normality’ to invoke nostalgia or employs this project as a vehicle to further explore the genre.

Though the singer seems to be keeping quiet about the specifics of the EP, we know it is set to arrive this spring. However, you can stream ‘Last Day on Earth’, in the meantime, along with the brilliant coming-of-age video she has put out to accompany it.

Maddie Bridger


Image: File:Beabadoobee August 2019.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

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