[sg_popup id=”2″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup] An Adolescent Queen Dominating the Electro-Pop Music Scene.
Only just turning the ripe age of 16, it can be hard to comprehend singer/song-writer Billie Eilish. The Californian artist has already achieved an impressive 5.3 million plays per month on digital streaming platform, Spotify. However, it becomes incredibly easy to process this when the ear catches the melodies from Eilish herself.
Billie Eilish is taking a new twist on electronic music. Think hypnotic vocals, creative lyrical devices and electronic drum beats. Her first official EP, don’t smile at me illustrates this, bringing the listener on a journey of young love, bitter endings and even psychopathic tendencies.
Moody ballad ‘Ocean Eyes’ was the accidental spring board which shot Eilish to overnight fame. Originally a dancer, it was her choreographer that asked her to record a song for their dance class. Written by Eilish’s brother Finneas, the sibling duo recorded the track and uploaded it to the online platform Soundcloud in March 2016. Unexpectedly, the song gained immediate industry attention. Consequently, Billie re-released Ocean Eyes worldwide through Darkroom and Interscope Records the following November.
‘Ocean Eyes’ was written based on the imagery of her lover’s blue eyes. Billie’s airy vocals allow us to sympathise with her lost love. Additionally, heavy reverbed vocals accompany Billie’s cry that love is ‘no fair’ and she is ‘scared’. Although extremely mature in musicality, child-like lyrics such as these remind us of how Billie was only fourteen when recording this. Currently, ‘Ocean Eyes’ has just under 35 million streams on Spotify.
The official music video consists of Eilish using her own ‘ocean eyes’ to stare into the camera, covered by a purple pastel hue to evoke a sorrowful, disheartening ambience. On the other hand, ‘Ocean Eyes’ greatly contrasts to ‘Bellyache’. This video focuses on bold, primary colours to juxtapose with the lyrical theme; murder.
‘Bellyache’ plays on the concept of guilt, illustrating a murderer who regrets their decision to kill but actually ‘doesn’t really care’. Eilish explains that it is fun to ‘write about something we’ve never done before’… thankfully. Yet, the lazy delivery of her vocal contradicts the twisted subject matter. This almost contributes a comical element to the piece.
Although these two songs are only a small taste, don’t smile at me really does solidify Billie Eilish as a substantial contributor to the new wave of Electro-Indie Pop. Mixing musical elements of Lana Del Ray with theatricals similar to Gaga, this queen is truly establishing her own position in the music scene.
Alas, we can only hope that she brings don’t smile at me to us here in Ireland before she completely explodes into the mainstream charts.