Beabadoobee has had a massive few years. Since 2018 she has; signed to Dirty Hit Records, released six EP’s, been on the cover of NME and has even been nominated for a Brit Award. Now she got the opportunity to pay tribute to her very own favourite songwriter, American lo-fi legend Daniel Johnston. She covered his song ‘Walking the Cow’ and you can find it on Apple Music.
The Philippine born singer songwriter is scheduled to release her debut album later this year with the date yet to be announced. Released on Apple Music, the cover is part of the ‘At Home’ sessions where artists release some covers of their choice. The other song was an acoustic cover of her own song ‘Care’.
For those who do not know who Daniel Johnston is, he was one of the most influential artists to come out of the American underground scene. He was propelled into the limelight when Kurt Cobain was pictured wearing a t-shirt that had the cover for his album ‘Hi, How Are You’. Johnston was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and used to hand his music out at the Mcdonalds he worked at, but his music was known for his childlike qualities and its purity.
— beabadoobee (@beabad00bee) July 28, 2020
This is something which the artist commented on saying “I chose to cover Daniel Johnston’s ‘Walking the Cow’ because he is one of my favourite songwriters of all time. Doing that song reminded me how pure and honest his writing can be.” Unfortunately, Daniel Johnston died last year, but with artists as young as 20 performing his music will make sure that that stays with us for a long more time to come.
Recently, Beabadoobee has released a music video for her song “Care”. You can now watch this on her YouTube channel here;
To achieve what she has done in as many years is a great feat for any artist, never mind a 20 year old. Having shown to have not only high potential as an artist, but she also looks to have a good head on her shoulders which, when paired together, could create a new star. Given the quality of her previous releases and her label compatriots being one of the biggest bands in the world (The 1975) it seems to all be sitting up nicely for the London based singer. Time can only tell.