More than something a jazz man would say, Beabadoobee is perhaps one of the more fun young stars of the UK scene. Something she proves with her new single and accompanying video ‘Talk’ released today.

beabadoobee – Talk (Official Video)

“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,” said Bea to NME.

Like the rest of her discography, Talk very much taps into a fuzzy nostalgia that serves as a reprieve from the general hellishness of 2022 living. A common thread we’re seeing from younger artists. They’re bringing back the spirit of the early 00s but without the rampant homophobia and racism – what’s not to like?

The video follows in the trend of ones like Olivia Rodrigo’s Good 4 U, and even more closely PinkPantheress’ Just For Me. The former takes visual inspiration from 00s films like The Princess Diaries, and Jennifer’s Body, and compositional inspiration from Paramore. The latter also opting for the 4:3 aspect ratio of the period, and enough fisheyes and mad digital zooms to send you back to the Motorola Razr era with motion sickness.

The three share a common thread in their rose-tinted glasses. Whether through the fuzzy good memories that Bea brings to life, Rodrigo’s direct call backs to the media that influenced her growing up, or Pink Pantheress’ love of the 00s visual aesthetic, it seems there’s collective wish to go back to a simpler time. A time when your biggest problems were having to wake up for school and running out of space on your PS2 memory cards.

Talk is a welcome break from the pressure of art that focuses on criticising the present. It’s just a really pleasant well put together soft rock track that feels like a memory and in times like this, what more could you want?

Bea’s new album ‘Beatopia’ (pronounced Bay-a-toe-pee-uh) is out everywhere July 15th.

Words by Victor Hugo Bahman.