2019 was a record year for Billie Eilish : her debut album “ When We Fall Asleep, Where do We Go? ”, Which arrived on the market on 29 March, has shocked the pop genre and climbed the heights of the world rankings allowing it to collect numerous awards including six nominations for the Grammy Awards and the recent award as woman of the year on the prestigious Billboard magazine .
From the height of his eighteen years, completed on 18 December, Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O ‘Connell – this is the name of the young American artist at the registry office – has already traveled the street: the comparison with the market for Billie comes in 2016 with the release of the unpublished ” Ocean Eyes “, which went viral on the major streaming music platforms in a short time. The climb to success continues unstoppable: the year after the singer-songwriter released her debut EP ” Don’t Smile at Me “, the successful single ” Bellyache ” which will be followed by ” Bored “, ” Watch ” and ” Copycat ” and in 2018 it starts its first world tour .
Billie Eilish is a true child prodigy , as the French cousins would say. Daughter of theater actors, she has always grown up in an environment full of stimuli that has allowed her to best express her musical streak. At the age of eleven he writes and interprets his first songs in the house in Higland Park where he lives with his family. His most precious and trusted collaborator is his older brother Finneas (former actor of Glee and Modern Family, now musician, co-producer and arranger), with whom he has established a strong emotional bond and great complicity.
Despite her young age, the young Billie Eilish has an out of the ordinary artistic attitude and a strong awareness of her own means: her songs are produced and recorded in the home environment without any external infringement. From a stylistic point of view, the artist prefers to focus on the timbre element , reducing the instrumental part to a few chords. The wise use of vocal filters to give space to the whisper, gives the songs that ghostly atmosphere and the hypnotic tones that distinguish them. The icing on the cake that makes Billie Eilish unique in its kind are its pungent and uncanny texts that completely deviate from most of the material present in today’s pop scene.
What led Billie Eilish to emerge is to have put to rest the restlessness , the bewilderment and the desire for rebellion typical of every teenager: in his songs with a gloomy and melancholic line he tells of dramas, unease, emotional turmoil, lost friendships and amorous disappointments bringing everything to excess. The themes dealt with by the singer with extreme ease are very dear to millions of teenagers who fully identify with her by choosing her as their icon.
The choice to include in her dark pop and indie songs typical of electronic music and other musical genres is not accidental: it is as if the Californian singer-songwriter wanted to bring out also through her sound the contrasting feelings that harbor in her heart and in that of his peers. Billie Eilish’s music is therefore certainly a more innovative and more refined product than the classic pop ballads with frivolous contents to which we are accustomed today: it is precisely this intimacy that makes it so magnetic and interesting.
Also as regards his live performances , Billie Eilish brought a breath of fresh air. Unlike the other pop stars, he prefers a rather sparse scenography. Her shows are mainly based on continuous movement : the young singer-songwriter has studied dance for many years before devoting herself to singing and knows perfectly well what are the appropriate movements to combine with her songs. Despite her introverted character, she appears fully at ease on the stage where, in addition to dancing like a madwoman, she converses animatedly with the audience, inciting him to have fun with her.
Another aspect that sets it against the trend is the fact that it follows a somewhat unusual style even in clothing. Billie Eilish always dresses in oversized clothes (sweatshirts, oversize shirts and baggy trousers), often and willingly overlapping several layers of clothes. The reason is simple: beyond questions related to practicality, the young artist is not at all interested in being attractive and does not consider it correct that people judge a person according to their forms. In a hyper-sexualized society in which the self-image has a strong value, the choice of the singer therefore appears bold as well as provocative.
Thanks to her artistic sensitivity , her shrewd vision of the world and her undoubted talent, Eilish has managed to impose herself artistically on an international level while maintaining an attitude far removed from the aesthetic and expressive canons of pop as we know them. If with a single LP he has completely upset the logic of today’s music scene, it is legitimate to ask himself what we should expect from this prodigy girl in the not too distant future.