Beabadoobee on snogging, questionable crushes, and escaping into Beatopia

The latest dA-Zed guide sees the indie musician share her musical inspirations, fave films, and childhood fantasies ahead of her second album, Beatopia

With the release of her debut EP, Patched Up, in 2018, beabadoobee began a seemingly unstoppable rise to indie stardom. With the backing of The 1975’s label, Dirty Hit, she’s since released her debut album, Fake It Flowers, and three more EPs: Love Worm, Space Cadet, and Our Extended Play. Now, the prolific songwriter is gearing up to release her second full-length record, Beatopia.

Announced back in March, beabadoobee’s follow-up to Fake It Flowers is set to be released on July 15. Already, we’ve been treated to several singles, including “Talk”, “Lovesong”, “10:36”, and “See You Soon”, and the tracklist is also set to include the PinkPantheress collaboration “Tinkerbell Is Overrated”.

Speaking about the record in the afterglow of her dreamy set at Glastonbury 2022, the Dazed 100 alum says that it mostly deals with the kind of issues “that you pushed under the rug for ages”, explaining that it’s been “very liberating” to process her life though songwriting. “When you write songs [about these issues] it’s a positive outcome,” she adds in an interview with NME. “Especially when you’re writing about something that wasn’t necessarily positive.”

On the other hand, the title of Beatopia speaks to a desire to escape real life, based on a fantasy world that beabadoobee created when she was seven. In an exclusive video with Dazed – which sees the musician give us an A-Z breakdown of her career, pop culture faves, and musical inspirations – she describes designing monsters, fairies, and entire countries to populate this fantasy world, which even had its own alphabet.

Elsewhere in the dA-Zed guide, meanwhile, Bea shares some of her favourite books and films (hint: she really likes romcoms where one of the characters’ names starts with an H), and takes us through her “questionable” crushes, from Corpse Bride’s Victor Van Dort, to Milo from Atlantis: “No explanation needed.”

Dazed’s A-Z guide to Beabadoobee is out soon.