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Beabadoobee - Our Extended Play EP review

Beabadoobee
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BEABADOOBEE
Our Extended Play
DIRTY HIT

Brought to life on the idyllic English countryside, it’s quite fitting that Our Extended Play revels in a summery, effervescent essense of playfulness; opener “Last Day On Earth” is dreamy and wistful, pairing nicely with the subtle lap-steel twang on “Animal Noises”. The jagged riffage and dense, glitchy production on “Cologne” makes it stand out between the two softer cuts, but it doesn’t sound out of place at all. 

The record en masse is cohesive, but each track illuminates a disparate angle of Beabadoobee’s prismatic musicality. Lucid is the input from Matty Healy and George Daniel (of The 1975), who co-wrote all four tracks on the EP; their folky, pseudo-whimsical indie-pop zest seeps through in different ways, but thankfully never takes the spotlight from Bea’s own idiosyncratic character. 

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Ellie Robinson
Ellie Robinson

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Their bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (on which they also serve as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Their go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, they only picked up after they’d joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped them see the light…