Alt-pop’s new anti-hero Baby Queen releases her new single “Dover Beach” today on Island Records / slowplay, and it was featured on BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record.
Her latest “Dover Beach” – a widescreen smash with flecks of The 1975 and optimistic dream-pop like M83 – chronicles the time in October 2020 when she headed to a place she had long dreamt of visiting. Bella says, “In school I was obsessed with this poem called ‘Dover Beach’ by Matthew Arnold and I always wanted to visit the Dover cliffs, so I went there alone on a writing trip in October last year. I actually wrote the melody and lyrics of this song while I was sitting on the beach. It’s about being infatuated with somebody and seeing them everywhere you look. I was kind of pissed that I went to look at the beach, all I could think about was this person, hence the lyric “you stole the view of Dover Beach.” It’s another internal struggle with my own insecurities and a sort of acceptance of the fact that I can’t escape my daydreams of this person, even if I go to a different place.”
The 23-year-old South Africa-born, London-based artist (real name Bella Latham) arrived in the alt-pop sphere barely a year ago but has already carved her name deep into its fabric with her crooked sceptre. Since her first release “Internet Religion” last summer she has dropped a steady slew of singles that place her at the forefront of a musical movement.
She has previously released the singles “These Drugs” and “Raw Thoughts.” Last year she released her Medicine EP.
Of the track Bella says: “‘Raw Thoughts’ is probably the most important song I’ve released to date because it’s actually the song that catalysed what has become the sound of Baby Queen. I wrote it near the beginning of 2018 (earlier than any Baby Queen song that has been, or most likely ever will be released) and it sort of came to me like a gift from heaven. I had been on one of the biggest nights out of my entire life and had woken up dreadfully hungover. I think up until that very point in my life, I didn’t know what partying was. I was incredibly innocent and naïve, and this was the moment everything changed for me. I had been going through a terrible breakup, and discovering partying was like discovering freedom. I was going to places my ex had never been, I was meeting people they would never meet and doing things that would make their skin crawl. I think I fell in love with the danger of it. I had realized that I could do or be whoever I wanted to be, even though the only thing I wanted was to be loved by them again. The song came out like word vomit the next day. I was partly thrilled, partly coming down and partly ashamed of myself for what felt like a betrayal of innocence. ‘Raw Thoughts’ is an amalgamation of every feeling. It’s euphoria bleeding into my deep sadness. It sounds like the moment everything changes, because without my knowing it at the time, it was. This song felt like the only way to start 2021.”
South African born, London based Baby Queen released her debut EP Medicine in November.
London based Baby Queen is Bella Latham. Today she releases her 3rd single “Medicine.
“It’s about a tangle of mental health and navigating your way through this world,” Bella shares, “whilst being so unhappy and equally disillusioned with the cyber landscape that we are forced to live inside, and the different ways people might numb themselves, or try to find a place where they can exist in amongst all of this fucking chaos.” https://www.facebook.com/queenofthebabies/