Who is Billie Eilish?

A Crash Course in Pop's New Golden Girl

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So, every time I hit the internet for my weekly YouTube obsession session, I seem to see something about the glossy haired, dagger-eyed 15 year old singer Billie Eilish. She’s been dropping hit song after hit song and has featured in articles by Fader, Rolling Stone, and three different Lyric Genius videos.

So, who is she?

Well, the first thing you should know about Billie Eilish is that she makes this face in every picture:Coupe de Main

No, for real, EVERY picture.

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Soul pierced yet? Now, aside from her icy stare and frigid white hair, it’s important to know that Billie Eilish has serious talent. She can seriously sing, and her pop invasion isn’t much of a surprising feat, considering the uniqueness of both her sound and her aesthetic.

Eilish has a voice like an old memory: haunting, but warm and familiar. She has excellent pitch and near-perfect tone, making her memorable on the musical spectrum. Her songs ‘COPYCAT’ and ‘idontwannabeyouanymore’ both come from very real places, and that eerie rawness is what makes her distinct.

Yeah, eerie is definitely the right word, because her voice is phantasmic, reminiscent of Lorde, but her cadence is similar to fellow pop star Sabrina Carpenter.

Eilish has a gothic aesthetic in her music, and one that the notably edgy 2018 teen demographic is heavily attracted to. She has made her mark in the pop world by pushing a distinct, lyrically-concentrated formatted style of harmonic melody.

My recommendation to new listeners is prepare to listen to the words carefully and be engulfed in the abyss of well-made but darkly-demeanored harmony that will most definitely leave you seeing the shadows in your room (thanks Juice WRLD. We needed that).

New listeners should certainly give ‘COPYCAT’ a listen, as well as ‘lovely’ with professional crooner and box-top-hair-wearer Khalid. These are two of Eilish’s most beautiful, melodic songs, and they’re my two favorite.

Now, I’m not punk/EMO music aficionado, but I give Billie Eilish my stamp of approval. So, if you’re into artists like Lorde, Juice WRLD and Drake who give introspective lyricism and complex melody, Billie Eilish might make a good addition to your playlist (but in moderation, because you can’t stare at the walls wallowing in your sorrow forever).

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