Babeheaven were born out of a long-standing friendship between singer Nancy and guitarist Jamie, who started spending time together in earnest whilst working on the same street in Ladbroke Grove (she in her grandmother's antique shop, and he in a soul-destroying stint at an organic farm store). Musically, Babeheaven's tastes were similarly neighbouring: 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 colour (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."