Edie Yvonne – “Queen Bee”


A melodic pop success from Los Angeles-based artist Edie Yvonne, “Queen Bee” bridges colorfully hooky appeal with a hypnotic, psych-touched soaring. The 14-year-old singer/songwriter wrote the track alongside a short film they’re working on, described as “about mean girls and their minions.” Lyrical references to rumors and competition complement that thematic pursuit aptly, meshed between hazy backing vocals, bursting synth arps, and bouncy bass buzzing.

A mellow bass bounce and serene synth pads build into the vocal countdown, emitting thereafter “Queen Bee, don’t you see what you started?” — capturing the power of someone with a certain social status, and the devastating impact their words — true or not — can have on peers. The vocal refrain at the one-minute mark joins into the “top of the world,” line as backing wordless vocals enamor with escalating guitar tones. Spacey synths and a delectably hooky overall sound lead this delight of a single from Edie Yvonne.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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