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Polydor Records

Released: 10.11.23







Baby Queen doesn’t shy away from sexuality, substance abuse and ageing with her own distinct sonic blend of grungy bubblegum.

Baby Queen is “crying at a party” in a stellar opener; a joyfully indulgent, SOPHIE-esque soundtrack for an existential crisis. The conversational style continues as sharp lyrical narratives are vocally layered. Baby Queen is all bravado and sardonic self-deprecation, somersaulting from one to the other. A desperately exuberant title track explores navigating your twenties: “it’s not a mood, it’s not a phase”. Self-critical I Can’t Get My Shit Together is doused in pitched keys and reverb, while Love Killer recalls Lily Allen’s debut, a bubblegum bop with deadpan lyrics. Standout Queer anthem 23 is rich with percussion, synth pop and soft realism.


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