beabadoobee looks to the past on the 1975-produced “Last Day On Earth”
Following the release of her debut full-length, Fake It Flowers, in October, the new track will appear on beabadoobee’s newly announced Our Extended Play EP. Also produced by Healy and Daniel, the EP is set to release this summer via Dirty Hit.
The new video shows fans how beabadoobee would spend a day knowing it’s the last normal one she could ever have. From hanging with friends in confined spaces to lighting fireworks on dark nights, it will have you wishing you could also return to the last normal day you had and spend it a little differently.
“‘Last Day On Earth’ is about all the things I would have done had I known we were going into a lockdown and the world was going to change the way it has,” beabadoobee says. “It was written shortly after the first main lockdown, and lyrically, it’s me reflecting on how it would feel if we all knew ahead of time what was going to happen. All the things I would have done if I knew it was the last day of our old normality.”
“I wrote and recorded the EP on a farm with Matty and George from the 1975 in the countryside,” beabadoobee continues. “It was really nice being able to create together [and] my first time writing and recording in that kind of setting. I wanted to experiment on the sounds and sonics even more, and the EP to me has a feeling of togetherness to it—how we’re all in this joined as one.”
After revealing she was working on music with Daniel and Healy in 2020, she announced “Last Day On Earth” on Instagram last week. Healy also posted about the new song, saying he's “very humbled to have been given the opportunity to make this record.”
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The 20-year-old singer catapulted to recognition after her 2017 lo-fi track “Coffee” was sampled by Powfu on “death bed (coffee for your head).” The song went viral and currently has almost a billion streams on Spotify. It also gained traction on TikTok, where there are currently over 5 million posts using the audio. The virality even led to a blink-182 remix of the track that appeared on Powfu’s poems of the past EP.
No stranger to social media trends herself, beabadoobee even incorporated a popular TikTok trend into the beginning of the “Last Day On Earth” video. The trend involves duet chains where each user adds something new to the video so that it all flows together. beabadoobee and director Arnaud Bresson (Flatbush Zombies, RL Grime, Headie One) used this concept in a cinematic way to show different people all connect to each other.
“Last Day On Earth” is out now here, and you can watch the nostalgic video below. beabadoobee is also set to embark on the Fake It Flowers tour in the U.K. and Ireland beginning in September, and tickets are available here.
More on beabadoobee and the 1975
After releasing “Coffee” and “The Moon Song” in 2017, beabadoobee signed with Dirty Hit the following year. The singer joined their roster of artists that includes the 1975, Rina Sawayama, Wolf Alice and more. Ever since, she has been hard at work making music, including fan-favorite singles “She Plays Bass” in 2019 and “Worth It” in 2020.
Last summer, beabadoobee announced her debut album, Fake It Flowers, and released new singles each month until its release in mid-October. The first single, and first on the tracklist, “Care” was released in July, “Sorry” in August and “Worth It” and “How Was Your Day?” in September. “Together” marked the last pre-album single in October, which she put out only days before the whole LP’s release.
beabadoobee joined the 1975 at their U.K. arena shows beginning in February 2020 ahead of the band’s release of Notes On A Conditional Form. She was also set to support them on their North American spring tour alongside Phoebe Bridgers before the band rescheduled the rest of the dates for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the band recently announced they had to cancel all of their shows planned for 2021. To raise money for their tour crew who were affected by the cancellation, they auctioned off personalized signed plaques that celebrated the release of their 2016 sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.
Earlier this month, the 1975 also joined Charli XCX on No Rome’s new track “Spinning.” Rising alt-rocker Holly Humberstone also recently confirmed on The Late Late Show With James Corden that she has a collab with Healy coming soon, and he's even teased it on social media.
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