Review of “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
By now you would have heard that Billie Eilish released her beautifully chilling album, ‘When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ on the 29th of March and what creepily good album it is.
From beginning to end, every song has a blend of different textures ranging from fluid emotional melodies, harmonies, deep bass and cutting foley extracts. There is a softness to Billie’s vocals that, when juxtaposed with the instrumentation, creates ghostly chilling aspects which cover the aesthetic of the album
Her confident persona is apparent through many of the album tracks, most evidently the singles, ‘You Should See Me in a Crown’ and ‘Bury a Friend.’
Yet Billie places two very emotionally charged, stripped back, honest, songs at the end of the album. ‘Listen Before I Go’ is acoustically driven with smooth piano, reluctantly quiet yet raw vocals from Billie that build like a wave in the chorus, with bass instrumentation and beautiful harmonies. The end of the track features ambulance sirens, wading in, leaving you in tears. The message of the song is centred around suicide and the construction of the music perfectly fits the emotion involved.
Then we are led to track 13 named ‘I Love You.’ This too is acoustic and has the same tone as the previous track. This is the perfect ballad to end the journey of the album. The song’s chorus features vocal harmonies by her brother Fainnes, who produces and co-writes Billie’s music.
This girl hits the mood of a generation. She is anarchic in her own way, making her own rules, she does not conform. From her style of eye-popping baggy shorts, shirts and trainers corresponding with layers upon layers of cool metal chains, blue hair and glazed eyes. A generation of teenagers has been given the freedom to experiment stylistically and the encouragement not to be conventionally “girly.” Billie Eilish isn’t just ‘relatable,’ like all the influencers we see today on all social media platforms, she is a visionary and what she is making is so much more than ‘pop music.’
There seems to be a new wave of young musicians out there that are killing it and making things happen for themselves. One artist that also stands out to me at the moment is Alfie Templeman, the 16-year-old bedroom pop artist from Bedfordshire, with inspirations with the likes of Mac Demarco. His music is indie at its core, layered with some RnB vibes, and all recorded by himself in his bedroom. There is something so inspirational about this guy and I think he is going to go far. He even has a side project called “Ariel Days” which is gaining success too. After performing on a short tour, Alfie’s next venture is to support the indie quartet, Sundara Karma, on some of their UK tour dates. Watch this space for this generation of musicians.
Written by Megan Atkinson