This Just In: Beabadoobee Unveils Her Vulnerability in “Care”

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Bedroom pop artist Beabadoobee explores vulnerability and a new sound in new single “Care”, the first from her upcoming debut album Fake It Flowers.
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Following the great success of her single “Coffee’ and her collaboration with Powfu, which brought her international recognition, beabadoobee releases “Care”, the first single from her recently announced debut album Fake It Flowers.

“Care” – beabadoobee

Born in the Philippines and London-raised, beabadoobee often felt like an outsider, until she eventually channeled these feelings into her music, finding herself through art and songwriting. Consequently, the music she creates is a reflection of this personal journey.

Her Loveworm EP is the result of exploring a relationship and its intricacies, whereas Space Cadet focuses around the artist’s newfound confidence in herself. “Care”, however, is part of a new chapter, a chapter where she confronts her past mistakes, her feeling of losing her identity and demons from her past that she had previously buried.

Sonically, “Care” also embraces a new direction, stepping away from the lo-fi bedroom pop that beabadoobee is well-known for. Instead, she adopts a grungier sound, featuring straight drums, guitar riffs and gripping vocals. Encapsulating a rebellious attitude, the artist unveils the real her and what she has gone through in her life, culminating in a cathartic chorus.

“This song has end-of-a-90s movie vibes, like you’re driving down a highway. It is pretty much me being angry at society, or people around me who I just don’t think know me and don’t care. I don’t want you to feel fucking sorry for me. I just want you to understand what I’ve been through. I never expected to be making the first video from my album during a pandemic! I was so lucky to be locked down with the bedroom guys, it feels like it turned out as one of the most personal, real videos I’ve made. I’m so excited to share it!”, says beabadoobee about the track and its accompanying video.

“Care” sees beabadobee get raw with her lyrics, getting honest about what she has been through, and confronting those who have caused her pain, or have failed to listen to her when she needed a shoulder to cry on. It shows beabadoobee’s vulnerability but, on the other hand, it also illustrates her courage and independence.

I don’t want your sympathy
I guess I’ve had it rough
But you don’t really
Care, care, care, yeah
Care, care, care, yeah
Care, care, care, yeah

The accompanying video has a lo fi, VHS tone to it, as if referencing Bea revisiting the ghosts from her pasts that she is now facing. It then develops to showcase the singer’s frustration and anger, in tandem with the lyrical content.

The start of a new era in beabadobee’s musical journey, “Care” showcases the artist’s versatility and ability to reinvent herself, and arrives as the first taster from beabadobee’s debut album, Fake It Flowers, to be released later this year.

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