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Baby Queen shares the honest 'Raw Thoughts'

Baby queen - 'Raw Thoughts'
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Baby Queen has shared her first single in 2021 with the honest, sizzling hook-laden, ‘Raw Thoughts’.

The infectious track is another indie-pop banger carved up by Baby Queen aka Bella Latham. It is a quintessential anthem that encapsulates everything that has made her star rise so fast in such a short space of time. It was only last May when she released her debut single, ‘Internet Religion’, which was a genuinely emphatic arrival and made people quickly take notice of her. Since then she has continued to go from strength to strength with each release and ‘Raw Thoughts’ hints to 2021 being the year in which Baby Queen makes a mark on her takeover.

“‘Raw Thoughts’ is probably the most important song I’ve released to date because it’s actually the song that catalysed what has become the sound of Baby Queen,” she explains in a statement. “I wrote it near the beginning of 2018 (earlier than any Baby Queen song that has been, or most likely ever will be released) and it sort of came to me like a gift from heaven. I had been on one of the biggest nights out of my entire life and had woken up dreadfully hungover. I think up until that very point in my life, I didn’t know what partying was. I was incredibly innocent and naïve, and this was the moment everything changed for me.

“I had been going through a terrible breakup, and discovering partying was like discovering freedom. I was going to places my ex had never been, I was meeting people they would never meet and doing things that would make their skin crawl. I think I fell in love with the danger of it. I had realized that I could do or be whoever I wanted to be, even though the only thing I wanted was to be loved by them again.

“The song came out like word vomit the next day. I was partly thrilled, partly coming down and partly ashamed of myself for what felt like a betrayal of innocence. ‘Raw Thoughts’ is an amalgamation of every feeling. It’s euphoria bleeding into my deep sadness. It sounds like the moment everything changes, because without my knowing it at the time, it was. This song felt like the only way to start 2021.”

‘Raw Thoughts’ is another frank, open lyric delivery that sees Latham not sugar-coat her feelings and hedonistic actions that capture a moment in time, that helped birth Baby Queen. Whilst the lyrics are naked, the production is the polar opposite of that and the refined pop nature of these two facets that combine on ‘Raw Thoughts’ continue to complement each other finely.