Baby Queen, the new pop project from 23 year old Bella Latham, has released a deceivingly upbeat new single, ‘Dover Beach’.
The South African-born, London-based singer takes us to the title location where beautiful views and wonderful weather can’t calm the mental maelstrom that comes from thinking about a past love.
Ebullient sounding melodies and bright pop production cover up darker lyrics about obsession and a distinct lack of self-esteem, “In my self-made isolation/ You’re my only inspiration/ When the mirror says I’m ugly/ And if anybody loves me/ It’s a lie”.
“In school, I was obsessed with this poem called ‘Dover Beach’ by Matthew Arnold, and I always wanted to visit the Dover cliffs, so I went there alone on a writing trip in October last year,” the musician said about the new track.
“I actually wrote the melody and lyrics of this song while I was sitting on the beach,” continued the singer. “It’s about being infatuated with somebody and seeing them everywhere you look. I was kind of pissed that I went to look at the beach, all I could think about was this person, hence the lyric ‘you stole the view of Dover Beach.’”
I’m a big sucker for the “happy-sounding sad song” trick in pop music. It adds different colours and shades to an often monochromatic art form. Whatever difficulty Latham happens to be going through, it seems like the only way to work through it is through gigantic choruses. I love that kind of attitude. Who hasn’t felt like they’ve been robbed of a favourite place/show/piece of art/happy memory because someone decided to break your heart?
When it’s time to pick up the pieces, why not fit them together in a killer pop tune? That seems like the healthiest, and catchiest, way to deal with heartbreak.
Check out the video for ‘Dover Beach’ down below.