Future festival headliner Baby Queen – the South Africa-born, London-based artist (real name Bella Latham) – is one of our hottest ones to watch for 2021.
Baby Queen emerged in 2020 with her debut EP ‘Medicine’ – a futuristic alt-pop opening, centred largely around life in the digital age. Now that we know how the Gen Z artist feels about the world, she’s ready to tell us how she feels about herself and her relationships.
The new era of Baby Queen’s music is more inward looking. “That was the introduction, where I said all my points and beliefs,” she says of the tracks that make up ‘Medicine’. “Now I have the freedom to write love songs without someone thinking I’m vapid and shallow!” ~ Not that she should care what anyone thinks.
At 23-years-old, Baby Queen has that rare ability to articulate emotion that seems to come as second nature. “I feel like my instinct is to take something disturbing and painful and make it sound really fucking beautiful and happy,” she says. As the follow up to her earlier 2021 candid singles, ‘These Drugs’ and ‘Raw Thoughts’, latest offering ‘Dover Beach’ tells a personal love story.
Inspired by a poem of the same name by Matthew Arnold, Bella explains she headed to the Dover Cliffs alone on a writing trip, where she actually wrote the melody and lyrics to ‘Dover Beach’ while sitting on the beach.
Bella says,“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.”
If I could I’d cry, we’ve got incompatible star signsBaby Queen – Dover Beach
I’m in love with you
What’s the point in looking at the view?
‘Cause every time I do, I just see you (I just see you)
Stream ‘Dover Beach’ below, and follow our playlist to hear more new music from 2021’s essential new artists.