A scrapbook of mostly hushed, at times timid confessions, ‘Patched Up’ sounds like the inside of your teenage diary, and through its seven acoustic-led tracks, Manilla-born, London-based singer-songwriter Beabadoobee creates a simple yet affective mood on her debut EP. A self-taught guitarist, who only started playing the instrument a little over a year ago, some of her lyrics are endearingly straightforward, such as the tale of an unrequited crush told in ‘Art Class’ (“You sit across from me in my classroom, but do you even know my name?”), but it’s in tracks like ‘If You Want To’, where she brings in a full band and takes her music from a bedroom-pop project into something more full-bodied, that point towards the future of her sound and how far she could go.
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