Sassy, savvy pop perfection (Sunday Times), Deliciously confident…a chameleon entertainer (The Face), Very good, very clubby…a musical space for escapism (The Guardian), One of the year’s defining bangers (NME), Journeys through euphoria, love, anxiety, and heartache…Mabel’s second album delivers boldly (DIY)… One thing is for sure, the media love Mabel and her new album About Last Night...
ABOUT LAST NIGHT… TRACKS
Featuring euphoric singles Let Them Know, Good Luck, and Overthinking, Mabel played a special headline show at Somerset House on Sunday, July 17th, to launch the project, with an all-female bill confirmed from rising pop star Gracey DJ/presenter Henrie.
Conceived by Mabel as the world went into lockdown – and completed as life IRL picks up pace – About Last Night… is a vivid and hyperreal journey from the anticipated beginnings to the messy end of the best night out that never was.
Each track transports the minutiae – getting ready to go out; feeling invincible; clocking an ex; crying in the bathroom; stumbling home – and transforms the normality into the magical.
Throughout, Mabel once again switches up her effortless way with modern pop: influences span the liberated euphoria of noughties club culture (dance-pop, house, transatlantic R&B). With deeper themes of expression and inclusion as gained from obsessively re-watching Paris Is Burning, Pose and Drag Race during a lockdown.
It’s this emotional space that (in Mabel’s own words) brought her back to life.
Here, is a young woman processing her own, life-changing formative years growing up in the public eye. Thereby, she takes charge of her narrative through this fantastical space.
MABEL’S CREATIVE SPACES
The feel-good blueprint of About Last Night… was conceived between Mabel’s West London home, Angelic studios in Oxford, and some of Los Angels’ most inspiring creative spaces. This included even the former hilltop residence of Frank Sinatra.
Early on in the process, Mabel began to assemble a collective of creatively aligned collaborators. They included friends and frequent songwriting partners Raye, MNEK, Kamille, and Jax Jones.
Impressed by his work with childhood hero Robyn on ‘Impact’, Mabel also teamed up with new faces like SG Lewis, before completing the project between lockdowns in the US with collaborators from pop’s top table like Stargate (Rihanna, Katy Perry).
Mabel first teased what she had been working on with the first single ‘Let Them Know – an unapologetic anthem about dressing up with nowhere to go – before Good Luck marched influences of heartbreak and female solidarity straight to the dancefloor.
The more vulnerable second half of About Last Night… was previewed on Overthinking. It’s an escapist but unflinchingly honest snapshot of when nightlife meets social anxiety. Furthermore, it’s about how to find your way back to yourself.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT… AND MABEL 2022
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The Mabel of 2022 is a young woman living in full and self-actualized power. She is intent on making music that will empower anyone who needs it. In a full-circle moment of Mabel’s influence on contemporary Pop – she has amassed twelve top 20 singles. Moreover, she surpassed 4.5 billion streams and sold 8 million singles.
Finally, the Brit Award winner also features on the new single from A1 and J1, Deal Or No Deal. It reworks her breakthrough hit Finders Keepers. Watch out for more from Mabel soon, and immerse yourself in About Last Night… now.
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