Babeheaven were born out of a long-standing friendship between singer Nancy and guitarist Jamie, who started spending time together in earnest while working on the same street in the Ladbroke Grove neighborhood of London (she in her grandmother’s antique shop; he in a soul-destroying stint at an organic farm store). Musically, Babeheaven’s tastes were similarly neighboring: bonding over a love of trip-hop, soul and ethereal electronics (everything from Portishead and James Blake to Stevie Wonder), a typical evening spent hanging out turned into an attempt to write a song together. Their tribute to Domino’s Pizza may never see the light of day, but in finding drummer Harry, keyboard/guitarist Milo and bassist Hugo, the foundations of Babeheaven were formed instead.
Debut single “Heaven” is a gentle but insistent introduction, blending hazy guitars, atmospheric synths and flashes of local color (from the steel pans to nu-soul vocal) into broader emotional resonance. Lyrically, the track was at first inspired by Nancy’s Mum – who passed away when she was young – and the different meanings heaven has for different people: it’s since evolved, say the band, into something “about the front you put up and break down in front of people, and how things might’ve been different with someone else around.”
“Heaven” will be backed by a new recording of breakout track “Friday Sky” and be followed by slots at the likes of UK festivals Outlines and Live at Leeds, with further live plans to be announced.