Beau, the up-and-coming folk-rock talent from NYC
Numéro meets the girls of Beau − New York natives Heather Golden and Emma Rose − to talk about their first, eponymous EP released with Kitsuné.
At just 20 years old, childhood friends Heather Golden and Emma Rose of Beau have just released their first, eponymous EP with Kitsuné. Featuring ballads and dance songs, it’s an ode to friendship that mixes flowery rock, folk and touches of soul.
Numéro: How did you two meet and why did you choose to form a band together?
Beau: Our mothers were very good friends. We grew up in Manhattan, in the same neighbourhood, and the idea of forming a band came really naturally. When we were 13, we started playing the guitar together, and taught ourselves watching tutorials on YouTube. At first, what we wrote looked like poetry, or notes from a diary. Whenever something important happened in our lives we’d write a song about it. There was always a lot of drama going on in our schools, so we were never out of ideas.
Numéro: You’re often compared to Lana del Rey. Would you say that’s a legitimate comparison?
Beau: It’s funny because we have a friend who’s actually pretty close with her and he’s never said that to us. Heather sounds more like Gwen Stefani, in a way. Lana has bigger lips, bigger boobs, and she’s older. [Laughs.] But in terms of sounds, we can see why we’re being compared to her. She’s one of the only artists in pop today who is staying true to a West-coast vibe, while we’re staying true to our East-coast vibe. Our style is very liberal but also grungy, with a true New York energy.
Numéro: Can you tell us a bit about your music video One Wing?
Beau: One Wing is about friendship, so it was really important for us to start with it. It celebrates the strength of this feeling and how it can withstand any suffering in life or any obstacle. We shot in L.A. with an incredible team. We wanted to create a melodramatic video, something that looked like The Virgin Suicides meets Wes Anderson.
By François Castrillo