Monday, December 25, 2017


On Billie Eilish’s breakthrough track, “Ocean Eyes,” she compares love to falling off a cliff, surrounded by the warlike intensity of napalm skies. It’s a profound description for a 14-year-old, and it’s led to an enormous amount of interest in her debut song—as well as the singer herself. Like the title suggests, her airy falsetto vocals also conjure up thoughts of the ocean washing over the song’s mellow percussion and minimalist synths. After posting “Ocean Eyes” to SoundCloud, momentum picked up quickly; DJ and tastemaker Zane Lowe described Eilish as “absolutely incredible” and an “amazing new talent.” The song’s maturity paired with a few childish ideals—she sings, for example, that love is “no fair”—struck a chord with an audience much older than Eilish and racked up a total of more than 2,000,000 streams on Spotify.

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