Billie Eilish Crushes Expectations

At just seventeen years old, Billie Eilish has become a pop culture phenomenon. On April 8th, her first album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” hit number one on the Billboard charts, making her one of the youngest artists to ever do so. Additionally, Eilish is the second woman to sell more than 10,000 records in an opening week; a record previously held solely by British singer Adele.

Eilish hails from Los Angeles, where she and her brother FINNEAS grew up making and producing music. FINNEAS writes and produces his own music in addition to producing and writing Billie’s. In 2016, their song “Ocean Eyes” put them in the spotlight, and their presence has grown ever since.

Eilish calls her debut studio album her “baby,” and for audiences, it’s clear to see why. There is a clear story arc throughout the album, as well as significant attention to detail that is unmatched by many pop artists of today. Every song boasts a different style of music that showcases different parts of Eilish and FINNEAS’ abilities as musicians and producers. The clear contrasts between tracks force the audience to listen to what is being said in the songs, further allowing the story to be tracked.

While the contrasts between songs allow for the story arc to be illuminated, the flow through the album is particularly impressive. For example, the heartbeat heard at the end of “bury a friend” then becomes the beat for “ilomilo”. FINNEAS’ attention to detail brings the album to a new level, heightening Eilish’s impressive 3-octave range.

“WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” is as poetic as it is intricate, beyond justifying its popularity with Gen-Z’s. It is available on all music streaming platforms.