Rising pop artist Baby Queen is kicking off 2021 with a delectable new synth-pop anthem, “Raw Thoughts.” The single follows the South African-born, London-based singer-songwriter’s debut EP, Medicine.
The song’s accompanying video, which captures the artist and her friends running around London, perfectly encapsulates youthful abandon.
Interestingly, the song is an older composition of Baby Queen’s (aka Bella Latham), originally penned in 2018. Produced by King Ed, who also collaborated with Latham on Medicine, “Raw Thoughts” is particularly close to the artist’s heart.
“‘Raw Thoughts’ is probably the most important song I’ve released to date because it’s actually the song that catalyzed what has become the sound of Baby Queen,” revealed the artist in a statement. “I wrote it near the beginning of 2018 (earlier than any Baby Queen song that has been, or most likely ever will be released) and it sort of came to me like a gift from heaven. I had been on one of the biggest nights out of my entire life and had woken up dreadfully hungover. I think up until that very point in my life, I didn’t know what partying was. I was incredibly innocent and naïve, and this was the moment everything changed for me.”
She continued, “I had been going through a terrible breakup, and discovering partying was like discovering freedom. I was going to places my ex had never been, I was meeting people they would never meet and doing things that would make their skin crawl. I think I fell in love with the danger of it. I had realized that I could do or be whoever I wanted to be, even though the only thing I wanted was to be loved by them again. The song came out like word vomit the next day. I was partly thrilled, partly coming down, and partly ashamed of myself for what felt like a betrayal of innocence.”
Latham added, “‘Raw Thoughts’ is an amalgamation of every feeling. It’s euphoria bleeding into my deep sadness. It sounds like the moment everything changes, because without my knowing it at the time, it was. This song felt like the only way to start 2021.”
The 23-year-old became a viral sensation in 2020 with her debut single, “Internet Religion,” drawing comparisons to Billie Eilish, Charli XCX, and Lorde, among others. Her Medicine EP was met with equal excitement from fans and critics alike, garnering praise from American Songwriter, the NME, NPR, and DIY, who declared that Baby Queen is “destined for greatness.”