Sound Drop: Billie Eilish ‘When We All Fall Asleep’ Just Landed

29.03.2019 | By ELENA LONGARI

What would you do if you were 17 and you had already gained global stardom? F*uck it all up, you say? That sounds like the most reasonable answer, but not if you are Billie Eilish: she is in fact not faffing about and getting things done with her fresh album release When We All Fall Asleep.

How did Billie Eilish become famous overnight?’

is a mainstream question Google search will suggest at one very soon point and unfortunately, fails to answer. Because the prodige of the at the time 14 artist did not come overnight; what happened like a magic, as if she went to sleep and woke up in someone else’s life, is the lucid dream that turned to reality after she uploaded ‘Ocean Eyes’ on SoundCloud back in 2015.

“But my age is a good thing. People are more impressed if you’re younger and good at something. Half of me doesn’t really want to age, because I don’t really want to not have that.”

She told The Fader


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Four years on and that lucid dream turning point in her life has become the title to her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go’. Listen to the full album here:

14 songs, some of which had already been released, kicking off after the intro

“I have taken out my Invisalign and this is the album.”

Just to remind you how premature she is, just in case you haven’t committed yet to being part of the 15 mil and growing Instagram followers.

The title of the album comes from the most talked about teen on the planet’s most recondite night terrors, reflecting her artistic bipolarism between delicate and grotesque as well as the juxtaposition of softest vocals against ghastly bass.

‘you should see me in a crown’ is one of the songs many around the globe and I had already become fans of even before this 29th March album release as it’s on the trap-electronic-pop mash up of Fifa 2019 soundtrack. The song title is pinched from Moriarty, Sherlock’s most infallible psychopath (the television series).

And you know why? All I would have said about the person singing this song, except she was a teen idol.

What is it that makes Billie Eilish the anti-teen idol?

Creepiness. Whether that’s Eilish innate quality or a marketing choice, we can’t say with absolute certainty. In the shape of pouring black tears or the recurring arachnid video vixen or in her relentless androgynous style, where androgynous is not even what Eilish goes for when picking clothes from her wardrobe.


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“xanny” confirms Eilish is the highest representative of teen angst, the most authentic one, the one that doesn’t know where it comes from.

Where does hers come from? Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell is one of the clues. Pirate? We are not speculating, but with a name like that home-schooling sounded like the most plausible choice her parents could have made.

Last year she also made public her diagnose with Tourette syndrome, stating that her tics are only physical and “not super noticeable to others” .

The song dives in full into that sheer anxiety, which she interprets through the vibrating neurotic stimulus of blasting bass.

“Please don’t try to kiss me on the sidewalk/On your cigarette break/I can’t afford to love someone/Who isn’t dying by mistake in Silver Lake.”


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Eilish makes her music with her brother Finneas, who is involved in the production as much as in the writing of the songs and it’s in more chilled moments of the album where to enjoy both her vocal talent and the chemistry between the two. These are in the songs ‘’wish you were gay’ and ballads like ‘listen before I go’.

While on March 21, 2019, the album reached 800,000 pre-saves on Apple Music, the most of any artist ever, her tour dates are as well sold out worldwide:


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