Babeheaven, the project of West Londoners Nancy Andersen and Jamie Travis, today share their latest single, “Craziest Things”, along with a video from the award-winning illustrator and animator, Sacha Beeley. The track is taken from the duo’s much anticipated debut album, Home For Now, which will be released on 20th November 2020 via AWAL, and follows the singles “Cassette Beat” and “Human Nature”. About the track, Nancy said: “On “Craziest Things”, I explore my anxiety and insomnia, not being able to make sense of my emotions and running around in a state of mania.”
Babeheaven, who have performed live at The Scala in London and have sold out headline shows at Bush Hall, Jazz Cafe and Bussey Building, also announce a London headline show at Village Underground on 23rd February 2021 (tickets are available HERE). Following tours as special guests of Loyle Carner, Cigarettes After Sex, Nilüfer Yanya and The Japanese House, the band has also been invited to tour as special guests of Rhye around Europe in April 2021.
The project of lifelong friends Nancy Andersen (vocals) and Jamie Travis (instruments and production), Babeheaven is the work of two creatives united by a similar outlook on life and the organic nature of true creativity. Introduced to one another aged 13, they stayed in touch, and found their lives colliding once more as adults. Both with musical tendencies handed down from their fathers – Nancy’s a commercial jingle writer, Jamie’s the founder of Rough Trade Records – the pair soon found themselves working on tracks every evening, initially as part of a wider group but soon just the two of them when they realised how much they had in common.
Impossible to put an exact finger on, their genre-evading music has amassed 15 million Spotify streams with support from all manner of laidback independent playlists. At the heart of West London’s thriving art and fashion scene, they have been able to call upon lifelong friends to bring their vision to life, part of an exciting new charge of young creatives on the rise.
Having missed out on their opportunity to tour the US in 2020, the pair make the best of lockdown by throwing themselves into recording, crafting what would become their debut album. Four years in the making, it’s an encapsulation of all the relationships, good and bad, that have shaped their lives to this point – friends, family, partners past and present. But you won’t find an abundance of diss tracks here – instead, it’s a rich tapestry of growth and learning, not least in Nancy’s own reconciliations with self-love and insecurity.
“As a person of colour and a plus-size woman, I’ve never felt that comfortable with myself as a performer,” she says. “Over lockdown I’ve had a lot more time to think about how I want to be perceived on stage. I used to have really bad anxiety before a show – plunging straight into a song and not looking up until the end of the song where I can look around for affirmation from everyone in the band and crowd. It’s been really valuable to work on remembering that I’m on that stage for a reason, particularly as a person of colour. I think it’s important for an alternative band to be fronted by somebody you wouldn’t normally see – I don’t need to be over-sexualised, or our music to be put into a box of R&B, just because of my skin or body type.”
Finished in a time of global upheaval, Babeheaven took the opportunity to throw the metaphorical windows wide, polishing up older fan favourites and making use throughout of Jamie’s collection of foley sounds captured from all over the world. Always striking a balance of calming euphorics, their music actively benefits from its outwards gaze, drawing the listener into an immersive world. Babeheaven’s debut proffers a comforting sense of honesty, stretching out a hand to mean something a little different to each and every listener. Whatever Babeheaven’s album makes you feel, you can trust that it’s come into your life at exactly the right time – just the way the universe intended it.