Billie Eilish Upcoming Album Set to Amaze

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Billie Eilish Upcoming Album Set to Amaze

Joshua Perry, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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After skyrocketing to viral fame in late 2016 with her breakout single “Ocean Eyes,” it’s been clear that dark-pop darling Billie Eilish is going places. The 17-year-old singer is an uncommon musical talent with hordes of fans, an EP under her belt and a new album, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” coming in late March.

What most notice first about Eilish is her unmistakable personal and musical aesthetic. It’s less bubblegum pop and more poisoned Kool-Aid—a campy but alluring concoction of hip hop, pastel goth, and teen angst vibes that people can’t seem to get enough of. Her music videos, equal parts nightmare fuel and melodic dreamscapes, have gained millions of views on YouTube, and her streams passed the billion mark ages ago.

Eilish’s singles have also blown up as of late, and it’s not hard to see why. “Lovely,” a collaboration with Khalid, may be gorgeously poignant, but it’s a little on the conventional side of today’s pop scene. The same can be said for Eilish’s “watch,” with its sparky hook and predictably addictive beat, but those aren’t the tracks that define her.

In truth, Eilish is a stylistic shapeshifter: wistful ballads like “when the party’s over” and “come out and play” show a soft, fragile, and captivating side of the singer, while hair-rising tracks like “Bury A Friend” or “You Should See Me in a Crown” make her sound like a serial killer.

However, when those discordant strains come together in a body of work like her EP, “Don’t Smile at Me,” there’s this strange harmony between them. Eilish is able to unify her work and express herself as a flawed but authentic individual in a way that few generic, formula-driven pop stars are able to accomplish. She’s a little beyond her years, honestly.

An album from Eilish will undoubtedly be a bombshell when it releases. Many have already likened the singer to Lorde, whose debut album “Pure Heroine,” with its similarly dusky tones and fresh perspective, catapulted the young singer into stardom. If Eilish can manage the same feat with “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP,” her career could be only beginning.

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