In January 2021, singer-songwriter Jensen McRae went viral for making a Phoebe Bridgers pandemic joke on Twitter. “In 2023 Phoebe Bridgers is gonna drop her third album & the opening track will be about hooking up in the car while waiting in line to get vaccinated at Dodger Stadium and it’s gonna make me cry,” tweeted McRae.
A few hours later, she posted another tweet, this time sharing a video of what she thought the hypothetical song would sound like. That imaginary Phoebe Bridgers cover turned into her hit single “Immune,” one of the most critically-acclaimed pandemic songs that came out of 2021. McRae has now released her debut studio album Are You Happy Now?, which includes previously-released fan favorites like “Adam’s Ribs,” “White Boy,” and “Wolves.”
24-year-old McRae is arguably one of the most prolific singer-songwriters currently on the indie rock and folk-pop scenes. With riveting vocals and a lyrical prowess well beyond her years, McRae makes it known with her 15-song offering that she is not just a viral pop sensation — she’s here to stay.
Gen-Z superstar Beabadoobee is back with brand new single “Talk,” from her forthcoming album Beatopia, expected July 15. Shot into the mainstream with her 2020 hit single “Care,” the Filipino-British alt-rockstar is now ready to welcome us into the world of Beatopia. Clocking in at just under three minutes, “Talk” is about indulgence in bad decisions.
“A crowded place, waiting for you / Am I lost, why can’t I find you? / A silhouette that’s in my head / You don’t exist, you’re my imagination / You don’t exist, you’re just a bad decision,” sings Beabadoobee in the second verse.
“I wrote ‘Talk’ just after my first album,” the singer said in a statement. “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. Generally, it’s about doing things that aren’t necessarily healthy or great for you, but you can’t help indulging. It’s like that unavoidable feeling that you get. You can’t get rid of it, and you know it’s bad, but you love it really, and it’s whatever, so you do it anyways.”