UK-based Baby Queen has announced details of her debut EP, Medicine, set for release on November 6 via Polydor Records. The EP will be released on limited edition colored vinyl, cassette and digital formats and is available to pre-order now. The 6-track collection will include the rising anti-pop star’s acclaimed first two singles “Internet Religion” and “Buzzkill” along with the EP’s eponymous track “Medicine,” and brand new single “Pretty Girl Lie,” out today alongside a video directed by Jade Ang Jackman (Sega Bodega, Mabel, Gucci). The satirical clip features cameos from TikTok star and make-up artist Abby Roberts, in her first-ever music video appearance, plus actor and dancer Layton Williams.
“I wrote this song after becoming increasingly frustrated with the relationship between my real-life identity and the person I was pretending to be online,” Baby Queen aka Bella Latham explains. “I grew up with really bad body dysmorphia which I believe was partly caused by the image of the stereotypically “pretty girl” I saw in the media all around me, and the fact that photoshop made this image completely unattainable. We’re heading towards a reality wherein everybody edits their pictures, slims their noses, chisels their jaw bones, whitens their teeth and reshapes their thighs. I’m just over it. It’s not cool. It’s actually very uncool. If people aren’t going to stop doing it, then all the kids should know that nothing is real, and this is my way of telling them that.”
Baby Queen is a deeply personal project for Bella, born out of feeling like a misfit as she tried to fit into London life, pulled into a vacuum of fashion parties and Instagram influencers. Exposure to a world of fake personalities and self-obsession brought her back to her first passion and she felt compelled to write songs about her experiences. The forthcoming Medicine EP will further reveal her songwriting artistry. “I want to make music that people can connect to so much that they feel like they don’t have to change,” she says. All hail Baby Queen.