Billie Ellish establishes herself as the youngest face of heartbreak
Written by: Dasha German & Photographed by: Erin Christe
Fifteen year-old Billie Eilish appeared on my radar several months ago for her single “Ocean Eyes,” whose dreamy pop number warranted many listens. Though she would appear on playlists, and in movies occasionally, Eilish fell off my map until the release of her ghostly indiepop album don’t smile at me, this past August. The highly intellectual lyrics and beautiful melodies are prevalent through the entirety of this album and have continued to impress with each new listen. From the sarcastic “COPYCAT” to the somber “hostage,” Eilish paints a vivid story of teen life and romance in modern times.
Despite her young age, Eilish showcases her ageless knowledge that any young girl can relate to. Her haunting song “idontwannabeyouanymore” is a heartbreaking reminder of a young girl’s struggle with feeling broken in a world that exclusively wants her to smile. This song may be the only one that really gives any hint at Eilish’s true age, as she says herself “it’s a look into [her] mind” about her looks and the way she acts. The painful message in “show, never tell” conveys Ellish’s insecurities on not feeling good enough making this song very relatable and important to young women dealing with self-doubt.
Switching gears from “idontwannabeyouanymore”, Ellish’s jazzy upbeat single “my boy” throws musical twists and turns that catches your attention immediately. In this phenomenal track, Eilish disguises her true age with witty lyrics and mature material that throw you off her young and talented trail. From her quips about “[her] boy” being an “ugly crier” but a “beautiful liar” to intentionally adding in the quick line “okay dude go trip over a knife”, it is immensely clear that every lyric written by Billie Eilish has a purpose.
On a bad day, this album can easily brighten your mood as you can scream your way through “bellyache” as the coming of age anthem of the year. At a time like this, we all need something to dance to. Billie Eilish may be a young artist but she is on a definite rise as a singer/songwriter and should be on everyone’s watchlist. To have produced such a phenomenal album at such a young age shows just what bright future Billie Eilish has laid out in front of her.