Posts tagged ‘Billie Eilish’

January 12, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Irene Wilde

Avant pop artist Irene Wilde dropped an EP (Melancholia) and a full length (Spleen) in the waning months of 2020 that mix confessional lyrics of revelation with minimalist experimental production for a heady combination that turns even the casual listen into a deep dive into another sonic world. As much soundscapes as they are pop songs, quite a few of the songs hit like FKA Twigs as filtered through Bjork’s more adventurous explorations. A segment of pop music has taken a step in this direction due to the success of Twigs (and the more melancholic Billie Eilish songs), but few wade as deeply into the dark and murky waters as Wilde does, and that’s what makes her stand apart. Check out “Aesthetic” from Melancholia and “Blue Leaves” from Spleen below, as well as “balance” the first single off Wilde’s upcoming album PYRRHICAE below.

November 24, 2020

Tuesday Tip-Off: Billie Eilish

We know that we don’t normally talk about mainstream pop, but we also recognize when respect is due. Not only do we unabashedly love Billie Eilish‘s music (including this new banger) but we also love her sense of humor, subversive attitude and swagger. Some scumbags on the internet making comments about how much weight you’ve gained? Make a music video of you running around a mall stealing food while singing “Get my pretty name out of your mouth.” It’s every bit as punk rock as when Joe Talbot of IDLES sings “I want to cater for my haters…eat shit” and we (hand clap) are (hand clap) here (hand clap) for (hand clap) it.

November 4, 2020

We Never Asked For This – WENS

We Never Asked For This is our short review of
a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

We at PE are suckers for songs of longing, especially as summer fades into the gray wet midwestern fall. As it would happen, WENS has just dropped two such tunes to add to our pensive, reflective playlists. A duology based around the theme of a long distance relationship, “giant bat” and “sad sad” bring a mix of interesting warm, bubbling, cocoon-like production to lovely but otherwise straight forward ballads. But sometimes straight forward isn’t such a bad thing. “sad sad” has a timeless quality to its vocal line that pulls off the unique trick of sounding as much like 90’s indie band Frente as it does the pop of Colbie Caillat. Definitely poppier than we normally like here at PE, but WENS has that same “something” that made us fans of Billie Eilish and it’s not hard to imagine she’s on a similar career trajectory.

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