Album review: Beabadoobee – Space Cadet

A 19-year-old grunge hero, set to become the newest indie icon; Beabadoobee channels classic indie bands while manipulating 90s rock and giving her own take on ‘bedroom pop.’ In her third EP ‘Space Cadet’ she dedicates songs to her rock idols as well as her best friend, providing a fresh outlook on ‘gen-z music.’ Teen […]

Elize Hastings
20th October 2019

A 19-year-old grunge hero, set to become the newest indie icon; Beabadoobee channels classic indie bands while manipulating 90s rock and giving her own take on ‘bedroom pop.’ In her third EP ‘Space Cadet’ she dedicates songs to her rock idols as well as her best friend, providing a fresh outlook on ‘gen-z music.’

Teen Beabadoobee wows with her third EP, providing 5 tracks of dreamy but deafening alternative sounds, fully reviving 90s indie-pop and bringing it to her own generation. It’s easy to see she is quickly evolving from her earlier work. Personally, I find, ‘Sun More Often’ and ‘Space Cadet’ the more forgettable tracks, but they still showcase the interstellar, galactic look of the singer’s new era.

‘I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus’ is undeniably the boldest track on the EP. In this audacious twisted guitar filled tune, Beabadoobee sings of her inspiration, Malkmus – the frontman of the 90s indie-rock sensation Pavements. Bea crescendos ‘Think I kinda like it’ building up to a racket of dirty guitars and laid back pop perfection, singing ‘I wanted change, no one forced it’ emphasising this new period of her music, marked noticeably by her blue hair, it’s ‘pretty obvious.’

‘She Plays Bass’ is another indicator of Bea’s rising stardom on the indie music scene. What this song lacks lyrically it makes up for in musicality and heart, as it is dedicated to Bea’s bassist and best friend, Elena.

‘Are You Sure’ is another notable song on this EP. Beginning slow, Bea shows her vulnerability by questioning her feelings, building up to a loud and angry chorus, voicing ‘my brain’s alone and no one understands.’ Bea is not afraid to expose her weaknesses, making it clear why she is becoming so popular with young people.

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