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From uploading debut single Coffee to YouTube back in 2017, Bea Kristi – better known as rising bedroom pop star beabadoobee – has experienced a wild ride. Signing to Dirty Hit off the back of the track, the first Kristi ever composed on guitar, she has since released three acclaimed EPs – Patched Up at the very end of 2018, Loveworm earlier in 2019, and the most recent Space Cadet. She will end the year as part of the Dirty Hit tour alongside fellow ones to watch No Rome and Oscar Lang.
Featuring the shoegaze inspired She Plays Bass, the stunning title track, and the grunge infused I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus – in reference to the iconic Pavement singer and guitarist – the Space Cadet EP builds layers of bedroom pop, interspersed with driving guitar solos and dominated by Kristi’s delicate vocals. It showcases an intricate balance between beabadoobee’s ethereal, fittingly otherworldly sound, and sun-kissed indie-rock.
Born in Manila and raised in London from the age of three, beabadoobee draws inspiration from the sounds of her heritage, and combines this with her love of greats such as Elliott Smith – whose subtle influences run throughout the hushed nature of Kristi’s music – and Simon and Garfunkel, with whom she shares a mastery of melody.
Picking up the guitar at the age of 17 following a lengthy stint favouring the violin, it was only a year later that beabadoobee penned springboard single Coffee. Inspired by a love of film – not least the Juno soundtrack – she drew the attention of the music industry, ultimately signing a deal with Dirty Hit, the home of The 1975, Japanese House and more.
It’s this cinematic element that underpins beabadoobee’s sound and aesthetic. Fitting for a sunset road trip, there’s a hint of a youthful American dream in the London-based musician’s sound, all the while delivered with a knowing ’90s retrospection in a remarkably contemporary sphere.
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She Plays Bass
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