Over the past year, Billie Eilish has taken the world by storm. First going viral at the age of 13 with the release of her song “Ocean Eyes,” on Soundcloud, she has continuously been gaining traction. Ever since the release of her EP “Don’t smile at me,” the 17-year-old has been all the rage, gaining followers on her social media profiles and boasting a continuously growing number of streams on Spotify, currently being the most streamed female artist on the platform. With her ever-growing popularity, Eilish finally released her first full album, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” on March 29, 2019.
Prior to the official release of her debut album, Eilish released four singles – “you should see me in a crown,” “bury a friend,” “when the party’s over” and “wish you were gay.” These songs set the tone of the album, with similar beats to the rest of the songs and catchy lyrics. “bury a friend” even reveals to the listener where the title of the album comes from, as it is one of the main lyrics of the song. While the songs “you should see me in a crown” and “bury a friend” are a bit more edgy than what Eilish has released before, “wish you were gay” and “when the party’s over” have a similar tone to older material. As a whole, these singles were a good preview as to what both fans and new listeners were to expect following the full release of the album.
As far as new material goes, Eilish did not disappoint. She uses a mix of both electronic beats and boosted bass to create unique effects on both the backing tracks and her voice, making each song similar yet different in its own way. With “bad guy” being my personal favorite, other tracks such as “8” and “goodbye” offer lots of creativity and show the effort put into the making of each of the songs.
Using her creativity to its full potential, Eilish didn’t stop with just a musical masterpiece. Eilish and her team created a pop-up museum in Los Angeles, California entitled “The Billie Eilish Experience” to accompany her album for the weekend of its release, with each room representing a different song. The rooms each have their own scents, decorations, noises and feelings associated with how Eilish herself envisions the songs, making all of the rooms unique and extremely personal to her as an artist. The venue sold exclusive merchandise, but the cost to attend the museum itself was completely free.
The album, its aesthetic, and the hard work behind it are difficult to surpass in quality. With obviously thought and dedication, both meaningful and fun lyrics, and interestingly new beats, Eilish continues to outdo herself. “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” shows fans that Eilish has no plans of slowing down, and that her passion for art only keeps growing. Fans cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.
Grace Barnett // Staff Writer