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the other day in Chicago I overheard some Actual Teens talking about Billie Eilish, and it's fairly uncommon for someone in the general alt-pop space to both be actually popular with actual young people who are not extremely online, and to make interesting music

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 27 July 2018 17:34 (two years ago) link

Saw her earlier this year at the Paradise in Boston and crowd was 95% under 18, super triple thrilled to be there and knew EVERY SINGLE WORD.

She has lots of really good tunes. "Idontwannabeyouanymore" is a classic.

Really liking the new single after what were a couple of misses for me. I like that she re-did that track w Vince Staples, but, thought it was trash compared to the album version.
Here's to hoping her love of hip-hop continues to get integrated better and better over time.

mr.raffles, Friday, 27 July 2018 18:00 (two years ago) link

second of those much more promising than first

imago, Friday, 27 July 2018 18:15 (two years ago) link

Thank you for starting this thread, katherine. I'm on board.

Jeff W, Friday, 27 July 2018 18:46 (two years ago) link

yeah, the second is my favorite thus far -- not so much in sound but in misanthropy it reminds me a lot of early laura marling

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 27 July 2018 22:12 (two years ago) link

I think this one is the song I like best from her discog to date

Jeff W, Monday, 30 July 2018 14:57 (two years ago) link

I love the attitude and conviction in these and that bass rumble in "you should see me in a crown" is >>>

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 16:37 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

My 11-year-old stepkid is obsessed with her - not bad! A lot better than most of the other pop stuff she listens to, and I'm not even sure where she first heard Billie Eilish since it doesn't seem like she gets much radio play? Is she on a kids'/teen show soundtrack somewhere?

Roz, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:27 (two years ago) link

"Lovely" with Khalid was on the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack

Iain Mew (if), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 13:09 (two years ago) link

Hmm I haven't let her watch that show cause I don't think she's ready to handle the subject matter. She does listen to Khalid quite a bit though, so maybe just came across during a YouTube binge.

"you should see me in a crown" is v v good.

Roz, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:25 (two years ago) link

New song

Jeff W, Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:23 (two years ago) link

i like that one. its video is grippingly dramatic

dyl, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 04:51 (two years ago) link

I noticed “when the party’s over” is in the top 20 of global spotify streams. What’s the story behind this? A movie/ad license? Was she famous prior to this single?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 09:16 (two years ago) link

Check her play counts on Spotify. She's been quietly big for awhile.
She was already on her way at the time, but the track w Khalid really pushed her over.

mr.raffles, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:44 (two years ago) link

she seems to be similar to halsey in that she's been able to build up a very large teenage following prior to scoring any proper radio hits

dyl, Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:48 (two years ago) link

I've tried to ignore her for some time because of her idolisation of and connection to XXXtentacion, but I'm pretty taken with this latest single. There's a lot of The Love Club EP about it.

monotony, Thursday, 1 November 2018 02:05 (two years ago) link

I've tried to ignore her for some time because of her idolisation of and connection to XXXtentacion

this is a thing with young artists I've just given up on because it increasingly seems like one would have to write off the entirety of current pop artists (and that's just based on what's known and out there, god knows how many collaborations were planned/scrapped)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 1 November 2018 21:19 (two years ago) link

oh i didn't know that re: x

guess i'm not surprised tho

dyl, Saturday, 3 November 2018 02:12 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

New single is great:

She keeps finding new wrinkles on what Billie EIlish songs are with all these singles. Great fun having her making so much music.

64th in the world on Spotify?
That's like Future (#60) level of fame. If "Fine China" or "Realer N Realer" don't take off, he's dust.

mr.raffles, Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:14 (two years ago) link

1 more popular than Juice WRLD (#65).

mr.raffles, Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:18 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

(Kids redacted)

— Stephen malkmus (@dronecoma) December 11, 2018

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:54 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

debut album scheduled for release march 29th. i semi-consistently enjoy her new releases so i guess i'm anticipating it!

dyl, Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:59 (two years ago) link

is it wild to say that this one almost reminds me of róisín circa ruby blue

monotony, Thursday, 31 January 2019 06:45 (two years ago) link

ICYMI, this was pretty interesting

that's not my post, Thursday, 31 January 2019 06:53 (two years ago) link

is it wild to say that this one almost reminds me of róisín circa ruby blue

― monotony, Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:45 AM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

not at all, it's very "night of the dancing flame"

theorizing your yells (katherine), Sunday, 3 February 2019 23:46 (two years ago) link

Good call.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 February 2019 03:52 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

this songs pretty good and I like the production but the current trend of suicide ideation as a sign of artistic credibility annoys the fuck out of me

. (Michael B), Sunday, 24 February 2019 11:32 (two years ago) link

Michael, I notice that too. Inwards aggression.

nathom, Sunday, 24 February 2019 15:51 (two years ago) link

billie could u not

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 03:10 (one year ago) link

whatever u say abt her she's much better than lorde

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 9 March 2019 20:01 (one year ago) link

Based on those lyrics that seems... implausible

Simon H., Saturday, 9 March 2019 20:02 (one year ago) link

i haven't spent much time with lorde's music really but that seems like a perfectly defensible position to me

dyl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 01:40 (one year ago) link

I like Billie Eilish but wow that seems totally wrong to me.

Call me when she's released something as good as "The Louvre" or "Writer in the Dark".

Roz, Sunday, 10 March 2019 02:46 (one year ago) link

no one in history has ever described what they like about "the louvre" without mentioning its sole memorable line

dyl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 05:40 (one year ago) link

it's good tho so i feel bad for dissing it

dyl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 05:40 (one year ago) link

i always thought lorde was insanely overrated (esp by press ppl eager to have a young woman star or w/e during peak poptimism) so i have something of a bias here...the amt of hype leading into her soph project was ridic considering how quickly it faded afterward

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 10 March 2019 11:02 (one year ago) link

but to me billie eilish whatever her other faults sells u on her as a kind of auteur in a way i never got from lorde personally

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 10 March 2019 11:02 (one year ago) link

I've tried listening a few times and I wish she should speak up a little more.

☮ (peace, man), Sunday, 10 March 2019 12:53 (one year ago) link

I'm getting to the point where I can't really even listen to anyone who seems like a rich kid

her music is dreck and the claim that she's better than lorde is simply outrageous

calumy (rip van wanko), Sunday, 10 March 2019 15:50 (one year ago) link

which artist's hit tune contains the line "i'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air, so there"

dyl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:21 (one year ago) link

Yea the 'so there'part almost seems like it was written by a self mocking teenager - I think her lyrics have come on a fair bit since then

Hinklepicker, Sunday, 10 March 2019 20:22 (one year ago) link

fwiw I think most of the songs in this thread are better than "the louvre" or "writer in the dark"

theorizing your yells (katherine), Sunday, 10 March 2019 20:52 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

So this is like soundcloud rap but pop/r&b? Everything madd my teenagers now seems to have this overriding note of bleakness that’s different than merely “sad” or “angsty”. (Not a critique—an observation).

this is the first wave of new music that’s made me feel old and out of the loop.

Trϵϵship, Friday, 29 March 2019 08:12 (one year ago) link

I think musically lana del rey is a better reference point than lorde, btw, but this is coming from a slightly different emotional place. (love lana)

Trϵϵship, Friday, 29 March 2019 08:18 (one year ago) link

it is that overriding note of bleakness that makes one feel out of the loop. i got it with brockhampton too. it is the music of *prepares self for trenchant overload* people raised by smart technology rather than humans, and therein lies the bleakness

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Friday, 29 March 2019 08:30 (one year ago) link

I don’t want to go too far in saying why this kind of music is resonating with people born after 1995 but it certainly is. i’m wondering what exactly the musical qualities are that i’m picking up on

Trϵϵship, Friday, 29 March 2019 08:41 (one year ago) link

I learned about Billie Ellish from the 9-year-old.

He probably found her not from TV or a movie, but through a combination of TikTok, YouTube and Roblox.

Meanwhile, my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify thinks I need more Canned Heat in my life.

pplains, Friday, 29 March 2019 08:45 (one year ago) link

My discover weekly wants to firmly keep me mentally in 2007. All the comfort food indie of my college years plus a bit of tasteful postpunk for when I feel retro. Maybe spotify is trying to protect me from something.

Trϵϵship, Friday, 29 March 2019 08:48 (one year ago) link

The idea of a 9 year old liking a song like “when the party’s over” is baffling to me.

Trϵϵship, Friday, 29 March 2019 08:55 (one year ago) link

welp I learned something today!

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:22 (seven months ago) link

(I don't hear any of them so much as something cathy battistessa maybe would sing on)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:23 (seven months ago) link

this maybe

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:26 (seven months ago) link

It's got kind of a Cardigans vibe to me

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:31 (seven months ago) link

dammmmmmn what a song

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, 31 July 2020 19:33 (seven months ago) link

it's okay

dyl, Saturday, 1 August 2020 02:54 (seven months ago) link

Her voice sounds terrific (and I’m listening thru an iPhone speaker). Don’t know how I feel about the song, but what a performance.

Rob, give a listen to Iggy Stooge (morrisp), Saturday, 1 August 2020 04:26 (seven months ago) link

Lol at the hype, this is okay but if anyone else released this noone would care.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 1 August 2020 05:40 (seven months ago) link

i listened again and i think i was being mean, it really is quite nice

dyl, Saturday, 1 August 2020 05:42 (seven months ago) link

The esthero comparison is otm. I couldn’t quite place what it reminded me of but that’s it... I don’t hear that much difference between say “that girl” and this.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 1 August 2020 05:44 (seven months ago) link

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 1 August 2020 05:47 (seven months ago) link

Not hating the production is great and she’s a very competent singer but as a song it’s very non-descript ripe for some cafe del mar compilation.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 1 August 2020 05:51 (seven months ago) link

Seriously go to 2:00 and tell me that couldn't break into "love me love me say that you love me"

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Saturday, 1 August 2020 06:33 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

This just got recommended to me via youtube...:

Noga Erez - You So Done

Sounds influenced by Billie Eilish.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 28 August 2020 00:44 (six months ago) link

"my future" is amazing... there's something understated about the groove that displays fluency w/ the reference points but isn't trying to show off that reminds me of velvet rope

J0rdan S., Friday, 28 August 2020 00:47 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

@buzzfeed @upworthy

(peech) or (buht ih-moh-jee) (unregistered), Sunday, 18 October 2020 18:16 (four months ago) link

For those interested – she’s doing a $30
livestream concert today/tomorrow (depending on where & when you’re reading this):

New Adventures in WiFi (morrisp), Saturday, 24 October 2020 04:33 (four months ago) link

(or 10 years in the past... depending on when you’re reading this.)

New Adventures in WiFi (morrisp), Saturday, 24 October 2020 04:41 (four months ago) link

anyone watching? I wonder how much she's making off this; worldwide, $30 a pop, preshow is pretty lined up with sponsors (beats, Verizon, fender). Good for her.

akm, Saturday, 24 October 2020 21:35 (four months ago) link

This show is fucking wow. These projections are amazing

akm, Saturday, 24 October 2020 22:32 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Cool video. (Parking at the Glendale Galleria was probably easy for once.)

Tim Simms (morrisp), Friday, 13 November 2020 01:13 (three months ago) link

holy "family affair" batman

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 13 November 2020 13:30 (three months ago) link

Very cool:

Per RS:

To celebrate that milestone, and the fact that Eilish’s smash hit is one of the most-covered songs the platform has ever seen, YouTube is releasing what the company calls “the world’s first infinite video,” which takes short clips from tens of thousands of “Bad Guy” covers and randomly links them together, creating a new visual every time. Thanks to AI that can recognize song structure, the clips are always strung together to fit the sequence of the sing.

In truth, the “infinite” video isn’t actually infinite. But, according to YouTube, there are 1.46 x 10^100 years of video combinations, so it would be impossible for a person to see the exact same sequence more than once in their lifetime. The video was created with 10.5 million seconds of digital content.

Roz, Monday, 23 November 2020 15:44 (three months ago) link

Not Billie, but this performance was really powerful:

DJI, Friday, 4 December 2020 18:12 (two months ago) link

Ugh I hate that I kind of love her now but there’s no denying she’s an astounding performer and most of their compositions and production suit her to a T.

I’ve even switched into thinking “my future” sounded pleasantly generic into thinking it’s one of my favorite songs of the year.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 6 December 2020 06:37 (two months ago) link

I think what’s really standing out to me after seeing a few of her live videos is how much confidence she has in her own voice and how often it’s stripped from too many things going on except for layers of vocals (e.g. “my future”, “when the party’s over”, “everything I wanted”...).

Anyways, she’s won me with the mellow ballads. Still not a fan on her more “fun” side (therefore I am, bad guy...) but I do love “bury a friend” so I might be getting there.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 6 December 2020 06:47 (two months ago) link

Is that Leeann Rimes on The Masked Singer?

DJP, Sunday, 6 December 2020 16:05 (two months ago) link

That is the rumor

DJI, Sunday, 6 December 2020 16:24 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

she's doing a song with Rosalia which would be a lot more exciting if it wasn't for a TV show soundtrack (Euphoria)

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 20:18 (one month ago) link

It's not TV...

DJI, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 21:02 (one month ago) link

isn't it?

Number None, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:21 (one month ago) link

.... it’s HBO

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 13:37 (one month ago) link


✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 15:56 (one month ago) link

High five D-40!

DJI, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 15:59 (one month ago) link

i can't remember the last rosalía collab i actually liked (was it "con altura"??) so i fully expect this to be underwhelming

dyl, Thursday, 21 January 2021 05:27 (one month ago) link

I can hear a middle ground in their sound that makes me think this could actually be good.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:04 (one month ago) link

Oh... this is out now apparently.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:05 (one month ago) link

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:07 (one month ago) link

Sounds good. Wasn’t expecting Billie to sing in Spanish.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:08 (one month ago) link

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:13 (one month ago) link

admittedly much better than i expected

dyl, Friday, 22 January 2021 05:19 (one month ago) link

It does sound tailored for movie/tv though

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 22 January 2021 06:13 (one month ago) link

I think this is great

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Friday, 22 January 2021 15:47 (one month ago) link

fantastic song

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Saturday, 23 January 2021 15:02 (one month ago) link

as a matter of fact it’s incredible

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:26 (one month ago) link

it's not what i expected but i still find it ehhhhhh

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:33 (one month ago) link

I don't "hear" it; it's pleasant but barely there for me.

You have treated my messenger with contempt. (morrisp), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:39 (one month ago) link

there's something about how it ends that i feel like could have been improved but i haven't any idea how

dyl, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:41 (one month ago) link

it kind of just stops playing, right?

You have treated my messenger with contempt. (morrisp), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:41 (one month ago) link

there’s no resolution no, but it makes that last line land extra hard

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:59 (one month ago) link

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