Beatrice Laus better known as Beabadoobee has had a career path that would leave most heads spinning. This career path began from ‘Coffee’ the first song she wrote which went viral after being uploaded to Soundcloud back in 2017. Since then Laus has released four EP’s, been signed to tDirty Hit and supported the 1975 on tour. Her debut studio album Fake It Flowers justifies all this hype.
Beabadoobee listened to a lot of Sub Pop in her teens and the influences of that label’s giants are evident throughout her debut. Whilst the category of Fake it Flowers sits heavily in the realms of the ‘indie’, the grunge influence is most definitely noticeable as well.
Fake It Flowers is deeply personal, it lays bear the struggles of Laus’ teenage years which were only intensified through the whirlwind of a music career which was rocketing forward. “It’s a record for girls to cry to and dance to and get angry to. It’s all about how annoying it is to be a girl”, Laus said.
The album’s first single ‘Care’ feels like it’s been lifted straight from a movie where the protagonist has had a gut full and is about to head out on their own and defeat whomever or whatever gets in their way.
‘Worth It’ has a real grungy vibe to it and explores infidelity in relationships. About the single, Bea said the track “is simply about teenage infidelity and the mistakes one can make when they’re tempted to do things. It’s a bit of a confession song but also an understanding that it’s a part of life.”
‘Charlie Brown’ tackles her addiction to self-harm and is definitely the album’s rawest and angriest song, “Throw it away” she screams over and over again in the chorus as she reflects on her journey with this addiction in the verses. It is not the most comfortable of subject matters but in sharing something so personal she is giving others hope.
The album is not all teenage rage and angst though. Take ‘How Was Your Day?’ which was recorded on a four-track cassette recorder in Laus’ boyfriend’s garden, when her studio was closed towards the beginning of the pandemic. “There’s a dog bark in it, because his dog was barking,” she laughs. Just Bea and her guitar with absolutely nowhere to hide, it has an almost busking feel to it – she could be there in the room with you.
‘Further Away’ is the antithesis to the angst of earlier tracks and whilst it is dealing with the breakdown of a relationship, Bea’s voice and guitar are way gentler on this track. It has a floaty sort of feeling to it, rather than the rage filled tracks of the first part of the album.
The album finishes with ‘Yoshimi Forest Magdalene’, which was recorded in one take with all mistakes being left in deliberately. In a filtered world this level of honesty is something to behold.
Fake It Flowers is raw, inspired, and courageous. If you are the kind of person with pent up creativity who perhaps never got round to dusting off that old guitar, this remarkable debut record will inspire you to do so.