Posts Tagged ‘Sir Babygirl’

The pseudonymme of DIY pop diva/producer Kelsie Hogue, aka Sir Babygirl mixes and matches inspirations as sundry as Charli XCX, Hole, Hey Arnold!, and Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! into unabashedly bubblegum, unashamedly queer pop for a future free of genre boundary and the gender binary.

Dusting off the Bandcamp fan messaging system this Friday afternoon to let you know that Sir Babygirl has a new track out everywhere today. Listen to “Praying”, SBBG’s cover of the Kesha song of the same name, here on Bandcamp

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Sir Babygirl’s Kelsie Hogue has turned your most disastrous nights into a catchy, carnival-esque nightmare.

“The most insidious thing about self-destruction is how hard it is to spot,” she says. “It’s quite a shape shifter. With this album, I wanted to face my self-sabotaging tendencies head-on in hopes of exorcising them.”

In the “Haunted House” video — directed by Eli Raskin with choreography by Ashley “Robi” Robicheaux — Hogue jerks her body like a marionette’s, scribbling in her diary and hitting high note after high note with the frenzy of someone who’s belted hours of karaoke hits into her hairbrush.

“We wanted the set to reflect the idea of being trapped in your own trauma, with no perception of the outside world,” Hogue says. A self-described theater kid, Hogue crafted Sir Babygirl as a project in which everything — celebration, self-sabotage, healing — is part of the performance. There may be trauma to work through, but Sir Babygirl is an agent of catharsis: an inner world in which Hogue plays all the parts, in which a role only has power if you choose to play it.

Sir Babygirl’s debut album “Crush on Me” comes out February. 15th via Father/Daughter Records

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It’s fair to say that we’re living in one of the most rewarding times ever for power pop fans. From Charly BlisstoKero Kero Bonito, a bunch of current acts are finding the way to merge classic power pop tropes (crunchy guitars with radio-friendly melodies) with a more bubblegum and cartoonist approach that is progressively making power pop less of an all-boys club. With a new album coming out early next year via Father/Daughter Records, you might (and you should) want to add Sir Babygirl to your lists. New Hampshire-based artist Kelsie Hogue is the mastermind behind this project that aims to capitalize the “pop” in “power pop” while adding her own fresh and queer twist.

Her latest single “Flirting With Her” is a true pop gem that pays tribute to female-fronted 90s rock acts like Hole or Liz Phair as much as it does to teenage pop from all eras. In a way, Sir Babygirl feels like the natural evolution of early 2010s acts like La Sera or Best Coast. Whereas those artists brilliantly appropriated garage aesthetics and 60s girl groups melodies while giving them a rather crunchy spin, Sir Babygirl is keeping the “power” in “power pop” while updating the “pop” to keep up with current trends – it would make complete sense to see Hogue collaborating with PC Music. Boasting perfect harmonies and an insanely catchy outro, it could be argued that the last minute in “Flirting With Her” is simply pop perfection. But that would be a disservice to the rest of the song. “Flirting With Her” is pop perfection in its entirety, and after her debut bop “Heels”, it’s also the second killer single we’ve gotten from Sir Babygirl in the past few months. If I had to put my money on it, I’d say there are more of them coming.

“Flirting with her is like butterflies screaming” is a demonic way to open a song and one I back 100%.

Sir Babygirl‘s “Flirting With Her” is taken from her debut album “Crush On Me”, due out February 15th, 2019 via Father/Daughter Records.