According to Beabadoobee, real name Beatrice Laus, her debut album Fake It Flowers is “for the girls”. In a press release, she announced: “It’s a record for girls to cry to and dance to and get angry to. It’s all about, like, how annoying it is to be a girl.”
At just 20 years old, it wasn’t that long ago that Bea was dancing heartbroken around her own teenage bedroom, and all that adolescent angst and feeling comes through in abundance on Fake It Flowers. The album was preempted by singles Care, Worth It, and Sorry, all of which capture the energy of a 90s Alanis Morissette, accompanied by videos of Bea dancing her way through her heartache.
While Beabadoobee’s music and accompanying lo-fi videos evoke very strong 90s indie movie vibes, Bea herself rose to fame in the most 21st-century way imaginable. Born in the Philippines in the year 2000 (yes, you are old), she went viral after uploading her very first song, the acoustic Coffee, to SoundCloud in 2017. She then released a cassette, signed to Dirty Hit, toured with The 1975, and dropped some more EPs. Throw in some TikTok fame, which she achieved when Coffee went viral on the app earlier this year, and you have the making of a very 2020