Review: The Intimate Radiance of Badmind’s Soul-Pop Song “Flaws & Phases”

Flaws & Phases - Badmind
Flaws & Phases - Badmind
UK duo Badmind tap into the harrowing depths of love and insecurity in their dynamic new single “Flaws & Phases,” a groovy pop soul song shining with an intimate radiance.
Stream: “Flaws & Phases” – Badmind




Find yourself someone who loves you for who you are – a perfectly flawed, perfect person. We each have our own set of insecurities, self-doubts, weaknesses, and pressure points that define us, and the right person should love us because of those attributes – not in spite of them. UK duo Badmind tap into the harrowing depths of love and insecurity in their dynamic new single “Flaws & Phases,” a groovy pop soul song shining with an intimate radiance.

Flaws & Phases - Badmind
Flaws & Phases – Badmind
I should count to ten before I accuse you of thingsro 
But when it gets past nine my suspicions are starting to rise
I used to fall for lies I ate ’em up
But seven days of fights make us feel weak
Six drinks in so maybe I’m not thinking straight
Five more rounds I don’t wanna be in this state
I wasn’t ready for it you make me feel so sane
Three little words that you say to make me feel ok

Released May 28, 2021, “Flaws & Phases” is a sweet outpouring of turbulent emotion set to a gorgeous soundtrack. Badmind’s first single of 2021 followed a series of introductory songs in 2020 that put the Newcastle upon Tyne-based duo of singer / songwriter Dayna Leadbiter and producer / drummer Jaimie Johnson on the map; in their first sixteen months, the independent group racked up over 230,000+ streams on Spotify and received accolades from such venues as BBC Introducing and Sofar Sounds.

Badmind © 2021
Badmind © 2021

Yet if you’re just discovering Badmind today, there is no better place to start than with “Flaws & Phases,” self-described as a new avenue that finds the pair popping off like never before. A buoyant, sun-kissed fusion of soul-pop and R&B, the duo’s bright new track dwells in harrowing depths of feeling while rising with energizing verve. Dayna Leadbiter’s catchy chorus says it all as she reckons through an all-too familiar inner strife – of balancing your feelings for someone, while feeling somehow inadequate or not worthy of their love:

Cos I know you are the one baby
And you love me through my flaws & phases
So I hope you stick around with me
And you love me through my flaws & phases

“‘Flaws & Phases; is the first song of a new direction and a new approach to music for us,” Badmind tell Atwood Magazine. “Before this song we generally made more polished and produced pop music, a lot of our sessions had 80+ channels and we’d use a lot of synths and plugins etc. We’ve taken a more minimalist approach to our music and production with this song and it has been an eye opener for us, it was almost counter intuitive but we’ve really enjoyed the process and will continue to make our music this way. We really feel like we have grown as musicians and songwriters during lockdown and ‘Flaws & Phases’ is the first showcase of how we have grown as a band.”

Badmind © 2021
Badmind © 2021
My insecurities are showing up don’t wanna blow it up
Turned out to be who you said you were I think thats cool as fuck
All the days we spent fighting
Even when I’m wildin’ yeah you always say the right thing
You love all my different phases
So I know we’re gonna make it
Yeah you cover all the bases

Heartfelt and bouncy, “Flaws & Phases” doesn’t let its heavy lyrical content keep it from being a feel-good embrace.

Badmind’s catchy new single comes to life with a visceral display of relatable uncertainties and insecurities, but just like we (try to) do in everyday life, the duo do their very best to power through the bad thoughts and celebrate the moment. It isn’t a euphoric ecstasy, but it doesn’t have to be – we love “Flaws & Phases” for its ups and downs, twists and turns. Life’s more fun that way.

Stream “Flaws & Phases” out now, and stay tuned for more from this exciting duo in the months to come!

Cos I know you are the one baby
And you love me through my flaws & phases
So I hope you stick around with me
And you love me through my flaws & phases

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