Erika Kamano

beabadoobee shares the electrically charming “Talk”, announces new album

That’s right, folks, beabadoobee is back. For her sophomore album, she’s delving into a world that’s – genuinely – of her own creation. Titled Beatopia (pronounced Bay-A-Toe-Pee-Uh), it arrives on July 15 through Dirty Hit. The title is drawn from a fantasy world the singer-songwriter created in her imagination at 7 years old.

For the album’s lead single, she’s offered up “Talk”, a gently rocking affair crammed with earworm instrumentation and insistent, all-consuming vocals. On the track, she shares, “I wrote ‘Talk’ just after my first album. I was obsessed with Tuesday because I thought it was the best night to go out, not too much chaos but just enough to have a good time. Generally it’s about doing things that aren’t necessarily healthy or great for you but you can’t help indulging. It’s like that unavoidable feeling that you get, you can’t get rid of it and you know it’s bad but you love it really and it’s whatever, so you do it anyway.

The video itself is a delightful romp, finding Bea and her band playing closely with their audience, composed of Bea’s closest friends and 150 of her biggest fans. It’s a an inviting, loving experience, even if it feels a bit too good to be true for our pandemic era. What the hell, escape for a few glorious moments.

Beatopia comes out on July 15 through Dirty Hit (pre-order/save). Catch beabadoobee on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.