2020 was a good year for beabadoobee: breaking out of the bedroom and into the mainstream with her debut album Fake It Flowers, as well as being sampled and given a featured credit on Powfu’s sad sack TikTok smash ‘Death Bed’, has given the artist a fair amount of visibility. Now, she’s doing what anyone with some fresh music industry clout would do: working with some grizzled pop veterans on a new release.
It might be strange to think of Matty Healy and George Daniel from The 1975 as veterans, but they do happen to be creeping up on the 10th anniversary of their debut EP Facedown. They also happen to be a full decade older than the 20-year-old beabadoobee, so this could the start of their transition to elder statesman of indie pop.
‘Last Day on Earth’ fits nicely into the beabadoobee cannon: a little less vitriolic than ‘Dye It Red’, more detached and cool while dealing with anxieties, like in ‘Care’.
Those anxieties come from a place we can all relate to. “‘Last Day on Earth’ is about all the things I would have done had I known we were going into a lockdown and the world was going to change the way it has,” beabadoobee said in a press release. “It was written shortly after the first main lockdown and lyrically it’s me reflecting on how it would feel if we all knew ahead of time what was going to happen. All the things I would have done if I knew it was the last day of our old normality.”
At a certain point, I really start to wonder whether Bea’s ’90s fetishism has any irony at all. I like to think that there’s no cynicism involved: the Kurt Cobain poster featured in the video is genuine, the fuzzed out guitar rock is just the kind of music that she wants to play, and even the chorus that liberally bites from Primitive Radio Gods’ ‘Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand’ is part of the loose, playful fun.
Really that’s the best way to listen to beabadoobee: if you gripe about slacker aesthetic, make claims of musical de-evolution, or bemoan the abandonment of her original bedroom acoustic pop sound, then just leave the music for the rest of us that like it. For someone who only just got to their second decade of life, beabadoobee has had a remarkable evolution, and it’ll be exciting to see where she goes next.
Beabadoobee’s new EP Our Extended Play is set for a Spring 2021 release. Check out the video for ‘Last Day on Earth’ below.