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Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Bea Kristi began recording music as Beabadoobee in 2017. At just 20 years old, Beabadoobee has built her huge, dedicated Gen-Z fan base with her flawless output of confessional bedroom grunge pop songs and DIY aesthetic. Fake It Flowers is her debut album wear she wears her heart on her sleeve backed by music that has a strong grunge and slacker feel. It’s instant, joyous and absolutely golden.

Bea Kristi, the 19-year-old singer/songwriter behind Beabadoobee, signed with Dirty Hit (the label giant behind The 1975, Wolf Alice and others) two years ago and has been climbing the ranks ever since. Through her early singles and recent EPs (2018’s Patched Up and 2019’s Loveworm and Space Cadet), Beabadoobee has perfected her tender acoustic pop, floaty dream pop and distorted indie rock. Also a self-described ’90s obsessive, she’s won over hordes of Gen Z listeners, landed an opening slot for Clairo in the U.S. and became a BBC Sound of 2020 finalist.

Following the release of the single “Care” in July, London-based artist beabadoobee has shared another track from Fake It Flowers, her forthcoming album set for release on October. 16th via Dirty Hit. The single, titled “Sorry,” recalls the disintegration of a close friendship as Bea owns up to her own mistakes. “It’s the idea of dismissing something because it felt too close to home and a personal reminder to never take for granted what that person could have had,” she says.

Known for her soft, lo-fi folk sound, London’s  Beabadoobee, first emerged online with her sweetly attenuated 2017 viral single “Coffee.” Only 17 at the time, she signed with the Dirty Hit label, which issued her second EP, Patched Up, in 2018.
Born in London to Filipino parents, She first became interested in music around age seven, and grew up listening to a mix of OPM (Filipino traditional and modern original music compositions and ’80s pop/rock. By her teens she had discovered indie rock and was listening to artists like Kimya Dawson, Karen O & Yeah Yeah Yeahs, (Sandy) Alex G, and Florist, as well as the Beatles and Chet Baker. In 2017, at age 17, she received her first guitar and quickly taught herself how to play by watching tutorial videos online. That same year, she recorded her song “Coffee” in a friend’s bedroom, and uploaded it online. A mellow ditty inspired by her relationship with her then-boyfriend, the song went viral, with its video getting over 300,000 views, and gaining even more hits on streaming services. The labels took notice, and Bea issued her debut EP Lice on Columbia before signing with the independent Dirty Hit (home to the 1975, Pale Waves, and Wolf Alice). In 2018, she issued a second EP, Patched Up. Another EP, Loveworm, arrived in April 2019, followed several months later by the single “She Plays Bass.” .

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Three years ago, Bea Kristi uploaded a low-fi love song called “Coffee” to YouTube. Little did most listeners know it was the first song she’d written, ever. “I came home from school one day, and I think my dad had noticed that I was getting depressed and kind of bored, so he bought me a second hand guitar,” recalls the 20-year-old London singer-songwriter. She wrote “Coffee” on her new guitar without giving it much thought — “The tempo changes halfway through, it’s dumb as fuck,” she says now — and though she only uploaded it so she could share it with her friends, it blew up, with more than 300,000 views.

Labels reached out to her, and overnight, it seemed, Kristi had fans who wanted to hear more. Soon she had a record deal with Dirty Hit, joining the same ranks as the 1975, Wolf Alice, and Rina Sawayama. She’s made the most of the partnership: Even in quarantine, she’s been working with the 1975’s boisterous frontman Matty Healy and drummer George Daniel. “Knowing Matthew, he’s just always sent me music,” she says. “Hopefully when all of this is done, and with my band members and Matty and George, we’ll probably make something – something small.”

Her first pair of EPs as Beabadoobee followed the same winning formula as “Coffee” and her other viral hit, a cover of Karen O’s “The Moon Song”: simple guitar chords, echo-y production, melancholic lyrics that bordered on twee. Occasionally she ventured into something else, like on “If You Want To” from her Patched Up EP, where she hooked up her guitar to her amp, added some drums, and took a more assertive role in her vocal delivery: “If you wanna take me/Go ahead and try my head/Experience is nothing compared to/The sleep paralysis in my bed.”

On her 2019 Loveworm EP, she experimented more with her Nineties-inspired sound, drawing from the reverb haziness of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, as well as the perceptive songwriting of acts like Life Without Buildings and Elliott Smith, for whom she has an “XO” tattooed on her arm.

By the time she released her Space Cadet EP last October and toured as an opening act for Clairo, Kristi had stepped fully into the role of an alt-rock torchbearer. She drew inspiration for that EP both from her own introverted nature.

Like something straight out of the late 90s or early 2000s, Beabadoobee covers angst and betrayal over anthemic guitars. The lyrics are direct and hard hitting. She doesn’t want fake sympathy from people who don’t really know her and don’t really care.

Indie-pop rising star Beabadoobee—the project of 20-year-old Bea Kristi—has announced her debut album Fake It Flowers, due later this year via Dirty Hit. The first single “Care” is out now. The swirling pop song sounds like it’s from a ’90s coming-of-age film, and the music video is even more fun, with Kristi headbanging and shredding on her guitar as if she’s playing a punk song.