Bubblebath is the debut extended play (EP) by Poppy, released under the name That Poppy. The EP was released on February 12th, 2016.
Background and Conception
Poppy began recording songs after initially being signed to Island Records and Geffen Records in early 2014. The EP was originally planned to be an album, but was later shortened to be an extended play.
Bubblebath came into existence largely due to the success of its first single, "Lowlife". In Poppy's YouTube video "Ask Poppy a Question", Poppy states that she named the EP "Bubblebath" because "the world is very dirty and could benefit from a bubblebath."
The iTunes Store describes the EP as "Having burst from YouTube into the music world, the smart-mouthed singer That Poppy's first EP shows off her winking sense of humour and wide-ranging pop savvy. "Lowlife" is a reggae-tinged toast raised from the gutter; "Money" takes aim at consumerism over deceptively glossy beats. The charging "Altar" pairs Poppy's attempts to stop a wedding with propulsive dance pop, while "American Kids" sticks up for much-maligned millennials over a sumptuous beat. Confident and catchy, this debut is full of sardonic lyrics and pop promise."
Bubblebath (excluding "Lowlife" and "Altar") tells the story of Poppy becoming famous at a young age, selling her soul to the media at 15 and proceeding her career, never to see her family again and completely erasing her past.
A tour to promote the Bubblebath EP took place in North America between March 10th, 2016 and July 30th, 2016.
The debut EP was exceptionally well-received across media. "Lowlife" especially received critical acclaim, award nominations and radio airtime. "Money" also received praise upon the release of its music video, and was also featured in a TV show as well as a video game. Internet media articles also praised the execution of the colorful music videos accompanying the tracks. While "Altar" and "American Kids" were typically overshadowed by the previous two tracks, Tyler Peterson of UQMUSIC described the whole EP as a "small collection of millennial masterpieces".
Poppy parted with Island Records shortly after the extended play's release, due to the label taking most of the money made from sales.
|1.||"Lowlife"||That Poppy||That Poppy, Sir Nolan, Simon Wilcox||Sir Nolan||3:25|
|2.||"Money"||That Poppy||That Poppy, Wilcox, Tommy English, Titanic Sinclair||English||3:10|
|3.||"Altar"||That Poppy||That Poppy, Wilcox, Sir Nolan, Bryce Vine, Tom Peyton||Sir Nolan||2:40|
|4.||"American Kids"||That Poppy||That Poppy, Sinclair, Sir Nolan, Tim Pagnotta, Tyler Glenn||Pagnotta, Glenn||3:31|
"Lowlife" was released to digital retailers through Island Records and Geffen Records along with its music video on July 24th, 2015, and served as the first single to the EP. Poppy co-wrote the song with Sir Nolan and Simon Wilcox, and it was produced by Sir Nolan.
"Money" was released to digital retailers through Island Records and Geffen Records along with its music video on July 29th, 2016, and served as the second single to the EP. Poppy co-wrote the song with Titanic Sinclair, Tommy English and Simon Wilcox, and it was produced by English.
- The song "Chewing Gum" was supposed to be the B-side to Bubblebath, as confirmed by Poppy herself on the website Genius.
- Poppy stated in an interview that "Lowlife" and "Money" are her favorite songs from the EP.
- Physical copies of Bubblebath, including vinyl records, were originally planned, but these releases never came to fruition.
- In early September 2019, the EP was removed from Poppy's artist page on streaming services and was re-added under a separate That Poppy artist page.
- The cover art was photographed by Christopher Ross.
- Coincidentally, the EP was released on Titanic Sinclair's 29th birthday.
- In July 2015, Jenna Nelson posted a picture of Poppy on Instagram with the caption "checkout the new album on July 24th", possibly implying that the release date for the scrapped Bubblebath album was planned to be July 24th, 2015, coinciding with the release of "Lowlife".