21-year-old virtuoso Grace Gachot has been proving herself as a skilled songwriter and a natural storyteller, creating relatable songs that capture the hearts of listeners. Having spent her childhood in Spain, where she fell in love with performing, she is now based in London, with quite a few high-profile collabs with artists from around the globe under her belt already. She takes inspiration from her tight-knit group of friends as well as from everyday challenges and navigating love and heartbreak.
Talking about her artistic journey, Gachot shared: “I spent a lot of time learning, growing, and writing for other artists but mostly missing flights, getting lost, and dragging my big red suitcase around London. I didn’t want to release anything of my own until it felt right,”
She has recently unveiled a new single, the heartrending Beast & His Beauties, following the success of her debut single and music video, Fuckboy Tragedy. A subverted rendition of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast, the song was created alongside London-based songwriters Lucan Mills and Rhys Fletcher.
Gachot’s sweet and delicate vocals effectively convey a sense of hurt and heartbreak on the track, amidst celestial strings in a bouncy synth-pop soundscape. Meanwhile, the lyrics recount in detail a wistful tale of love that was too good to be true, the Prince that was truly a Beast beneath the surface, and the happy ever after that never was.
On the inspiration behind the song’s themes, Gachot explained, “‘Beast & His Beauties’ is about a girl who longs for a fairytale but feels trapped in a modern world where that fails to exist. It’s a detailed narration from an outside perspective on a love that was so powerful that it blinded her. Consumed by the dreams and the magic in her mind, she was unable to see the situation for how it was. Despite the negative twist, her own personal journey remains to be beautiful. Sometimes, a love like that can be a journey within yourself, and the other person was just a subject in your story.”
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