When London’s new guitar hero Beabadoobee got her first professional paycheck she allegedly bought a Francoise Hardy single on vinyl and a cardigan. For an artist that so perfectly channels the spirit of nineties alt-rock, no story could be more fitting. Much like peers such as Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy, Bea Kristi (aka beabadoobee) draws her inspiration from guitar music made 25 years ago. Or, as Beabadoobee sings herself on the eponymous single from 2019, ‘I wish I was Stephen Malkmus’.
In 2017, Beabadoobee released her debut song ‘Coffee’. After being sampled by Canadian rapper Powfu on his song ‘deathbed – coffee for your head’ Beabadoobee gained the attention of the broader masses. 2018 she released ‘Patched Up’, followed by the 2019s ‘Loveworm’ and ‘Space Cadet’ EP’s. What began as lo-fi, DIY, acoustic bedroom pop had on 2020’s acclaimed debut album ‘Fake It Flowers’ grew into something bigger and less understated; beabadoobee got the guitars plugged in.