While Fake Flowers contained bursts of sublime pop, the sequence largely spotlighted a somewhat raw and unfinished sound - a formidable young artist reconfiguring and occasionally transcending her influences. With her new album - Beatopia - Laus offers a more precisely crafted sequence while further distancing herself from her precursors. That said, the undiluted energy and uninhibited expressionism of Fake Flowers are in no way absent.
Second album from Gen Z icon Beatrice Laus sees her still experimenting to find her voice but her talent and charm ultimately shines through The first album from Beatrice Laus (otherwise known as Beabadoobee), Fake It Flowers, was very much a snapshot of the artist at a particular time. Collecting songs that she had written as a teenager, they were loud, often angry and heavily influenced by 90s alt-rock (there was even a self-explanatory title of Emo Song, while one of her early singles was, after all, called I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus). Two years on, and it’s a rather different Beabadoobee sound which is showcased on Beatopia.
So far, it has been hard to predict what is coming next from indie rising star beabadoobee. Singer/songwriter Bea Kristi first burst from the indie underground in 2020 with an unexpected TikTok hit, "Coffee," a sparse bedroom folk track and the first song she ever wrote. However, by the time it took off, she was already singing about how she wanted to be Stephen Malkmus.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2017, Bea Laus, professionally known as Beabadoobee, has been an authoritative musical voice that has only grown in confidence and volume. Whilst building her dedicated Gen-Z fanbase with her flawless output of confessional bedroom pop songs , Laus is untethered by genre or expectation. By blending the sonics of her tragic heroes with a distinct pop sensibility, the London-based singer-songwriter takes her cues from the off-kilter indie guitars of a quarter-century ago and has managed to pull off what many artists twice her age seem incapable of – a sound that feels nostalgic yet forward-thinking whilst gently morphing from experimental two-chord ballads to all-out guitar anthems.