Smells Like Gen-Z Spirit: Beabadoobee-Space Cadet EP review
From the bedroom pop corner of the Internet, blue-haired Beabadoobee has released her latest extended play (EP), Space Cadet.
Bea Kristi is shrouded in a sleepy schoolgirl aesthetic. Her songs are anthems for wearing those ugly-cute vintage jumpers, crying in a bedroom covered in posters of Kurt Cobain.
Space Cadet smells like Gen-Z spirit. It spins on a record player covered in Thrasher merch and butterfly stickers. Somehow, Kristi manages to translate the dazed and confused teenage angst of 90s grunge into an affectionate flavour of indie pop.
Tracks like “I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus” – Malkmus being the frontman of indie rock band Pavement – are instantly relatable. Lyrically, it denotes the growing pains of adolescence. Change is a difficult thing, but it can also be pretty exciting.
In Kristi’s self-defined “blue-haired phase,” she is both comfortable and lonely. It is a time of transition characterised by conflict. It is also a time of second-hand telecaster guitars and impulsively cutting your own hair at 2am – you know, just girly things.
Kristi is the friendly neighbourhood space cadet. When the strange discovery and constant reinvention of the self becomes inevitable and alienating, her music is the perfect comfort blanket – “Guess we’re both stuck in the same boat / The world doesn’t seem to get us, though.”