We’re going to be posting about Baby Queen a lot this year. You don’t need to steal a crown if you were born wearing one. Baby Queen, aka Bella Latham, is primed to become Generation Z’s first global indie-pop superstar.
Her Matt Healy, Charli XCX-esque glitchy, futuristic alt-pop centres largely around life in the digital age, depicted best on her singles ‘Online Dating’ and ‘Internet Religion’.
The first Baby Queen single of 2021 does not disappoint. ‘Raw Thoughts’, explores the highs of partying, and the lows of wanting to be loved by someone.
In her own words, Bella explains: “‘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 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.”