After an avalanche of praise for her debut single ‘Holding On’ earlier this year, the highly acclaimed Swedish singer and producer Becky and the Birds has returned with her brand new single ‘Concept Store’.
Incorporating jazzy pianos and bass among classic hip hop beats, Becky and the Birds’ lush flighty vocals soar through the track alongside the samples she’s plucked straight from nature.
Regarding the new single Becky and the Birds says, “‘Concept Store’ is about when you find yourself obsessing over what the person you love is thinking. I guess you could say that it’s about some kind of paranoia, you’re stuck with the thought and the feeling that he or she is about to leave, and soon you’ll start over-analyzing shit.”
‘Concept Store’ is the second track to be taken from Becky and the Birds’ forthcoming debut EP, which will be released later this spring. Featuring a genre-spanning blend of lush electronics, with nods to trip-hop and ‘90s R&B the result is similar to the likes of SZA, Solange and even Ella Fitzgerald.
ACCLAIM FOR BECKY AND THE BIRDS
“This TUNE is giving me serious goosebumps” Tove Lo
“Becky and the Birds, delivers a stunning and eclectic alt-pop single filled with powerful production and soulful vocals of epic proportion” Dummy
“‘Holding On’ is one of the most exciting first releases for a long time… She’s cracked the code for the perfect first song” The Line Of Best Fit
“Lush, down tempo pop with plenty of soul… Imaginative, eclectic alt-pop, her mosaic of colours has a lush quality, fusing dank, trip-hop styled percussive snaps to soulful vocals” Clash
“Soulful vocals with a mellow electronic composition that is quick to launch itself into the atmosphere” The Guard
“Becky and the Birds is sharply reminiscent of mid-’00s ambient pop. The young up-and-comer is swooning from low hums to rising tones and a haunting disposition” All Things Go Music
FURTHER INFORMAITON ON BECKY AND THE BIRDS
Becky and the Birds is the moniker of Thea Gustafsson, the 21-year-old from Örebro who writes, produces and sings all of her own music and attended the prestigious Musikmakarna Songwriters Academy of Sweden, which kickstarted the careers of LÉON and Skott.
Thea has already clocked up millions of streams as a topline vocalist in high profile collaborations, however these relentless sessions with all-male producers began to grate on her. “I always had this voice inside me—society’s voice—that was like ‘No, you can’t, ‘cos you’re a girl, that’s for the boys’” she explains.
“I was like, I can’t do this any more—having all these dudes mansplaining, sitting with their spread legs,” Thea says. “I was just so frustrated. When you have a really clear vision yourself, it’s difficult to compromise.
At one particularly bad session with a producer –“I felt the whole panic that you feel when you think you’re not good enough“ – it led her to develop a whole new guise; Becky and the Birds.