Beatrice Lauss’ come up since her single Coffee has been incredible to watch and listen to. In the five years since she released that single, she has consistently shown her passion for exploring new avenues without losing the integral part of her sound. With Beatopia being her sophomore album, expectations were set high. What’s on offer is an alternative record that shows her complete growth as an artist.
We open with Beatopia Cultsong, a no-thrills hypnotic track with the same line repeating from beginning to end. She describes it as creating this “thread” to the next track 10:36 and it does this beautifully. For us, 10:36 is where the album really begins. A sharp overdriven guitar plays against a loud and in-your-face drum track. It’s a simple but full soundscape. The chorus is loud and is a powerful way to open up the record and show what’s to come.
Next, we have Sunny Day. The most poppy track on the record, it’s warm and the lyrics are bound to stick in your head. See you Soon is one of our personal favourites, with verses featuring lines that bounce against each other in the chorus. The overdubbed vocals are rich and lush, this is where the album is in full swing.
Ripples opens with the swelling notes of an orchestra that slowly fades into an acoustic guitar playing a slow arpeggiated chord progression. The sweet and endearing sound of the violins makes recurring appearances throughout the track.
Some memorable bass melodies are featured on the album, The Perfect Pair and Broken Cd courtesy of Eliana, come to mind. The Perfect Pair features some smooth samba-style guitar playing and sweet vibrato in Bea’s vocals.
With Talk, you get a loud and fuzzy hit that’s sure to bring some energy to her shows later in October. Lovesong is especially reminiscent of her old work on Patched Up, the piece is about her long-term partner Soren who she has been with since she was just 15. Therefore it carries that teenage idyllic view of love that she’s matured from.
Pictures of Us gets help from a friend on the same label, Matt Healy from The 1975. The guitar is the highlight of this track, with very Mid Western Emo inspired playing it’s given a trippy feel. Fairy Song is a self-care track that focuses on Bea’s advice to herself on building healthy relationships with herself and others. With her being expelled at the age of 17, you can imagine that songs like these have really shaped her character and desire to make it big in music.
Jacob Bugden provides some backing vocals on the gem of a track, Don’t Get the Deal. Each chorus and bridge in this piece is expertly executed, with the lower notes sung by Jacob being truly resonant. There’s a great sense of creating space only to build to this loud final crescendo which tears the song apart.
Tinkerbell is Overatted graces us with a feature from one of the brightest up-and-coming artists from the UK, PinkPantheress. Both Bea and PinkPantheress balance their soft crisp vocals on the dreamy instrumental.
On The Antidote Edition of Beatopia, we get three live performances of her own songs from the record that are just as mesmerising as the studio mixed track and one cover. The cover of The Strokes’ The Adults Are Talking is a great addition to the Antidote version of the album. Although I’m upset that she didn’t attempt to hit the same high notes featured on the original track the cover does well to live up to such a well-respected song.
Overall this album is shaping up to be of this year’s top records. Despite its relaxed structure, there’s a lot to enjoy for old and new listeners alike. We can almost certainly expect Beabadoobee to become a strong household name within the industry.