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Is Beabadoobee Bringing Back the Pop-Rock Guitar Solo?

Bea still our hearts

This afternoon, my inner Cheap Trick alarm system was breached at the 1:41 minute mark of “10:36.” It’s fleeting, but undeniably, a guitar solo, played by the song’s co-writer, Jacob Bugden. He also solos on her last single, the excellent “Talk,” but you have to strain to hear it just barely peeking out from the distortion.

The rising pop-rock singer Beatrice Laus, who performs as Beabadoobee, has been dropping singles for her forthcoming album, Beatopia (out July 15) over the last several months between high-profiles live slots opening for Halsey, playing massive festivals including Governor’s Ball and the Newport Folk Festival, and opening for Bleachers on the east coast leg of their tour.


Laus said that “10:36” refers to the time she was finished writing the song. “It’s basically about how I have this weird dependency on human contact to sleep,” she said in a statement.

The “10:36” riff came to her years earlier, between releasing her debut, Fake It Flowers, and before Our Extended Play. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, the riff turned into a demo, which eventually became “10:36.” 

This October, Beabadoobee will headline her own UK tour, culminating in a huge show at London’s Brixton Academy.

Beabadoobee Beatopia track list:

Beatopia Cultsong
Sunny Day
See you Soon
the perfect pair
broken cd
Pictures of Us
fairy song
Don’t get the deal
tinkerbell is overrated (feat. PinkPantheress)
You’re here that’s the thing