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When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

AlbumbyBillie Eilish

Released in 2019, 14 tracks, 43 min

Alternative

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"When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Jun 08, 2019

Billie Eilish brings a dark and brooding twist to pop music

Soulbyweekly
Written by @Soulbyweekly from SoulByweekly  / 7 mins read
#BillieEilish#ElectroPop#Pop#SynthPop#WhenWeAllFallAsleepWhereDoWeGo#Goth

Billie Eilish is an unlikely pop-star. She has become a sensation with her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? - numerous songs off which have found their way to the global Top 40. However, before this album debuted, Billie already had a strong and loyal fan base, which all began with her breakthrough viral single “Ocean Eyes” which she recorded at the age of 14. After the single’s immense popularity, she released her debut EP Don’t Smile at Me, which included other popular singles like “Bellyache” “Copycat” and “I don’t want to be with you anymore.” She has even collaborated with Khalid on the track “Lovely.”
Billie was brought up on the outskirts of LA, and was home schooled. Unlike most fans would assume, she claims to not having much income while growing up. She credits her parents for satisfying all her creative wishes, right from dancing, to piano lessons and horse riding. Inspired by her elder brother- Finneas O’ Connell (with whom she now co-writes her music) she began writing songs at the age of 11.
It is not easy to describe what she sounds like, but one can sense an eerie and creepy vibe throughout. It is often put in the category of goth pop by critics. At the young age of 17, she currently holds the mantle of being an idol to a large chunk of 11-19 year old girls who see her voice as a representation of their teen angst. The generations before this had artists like Avril Lavigne and Lana Del Rey, who held the same position for the teen girls at that time. In fact, Billie herself cites Lana Del Rey as one of her major influences. On “Ocean Eyes”, the ballad-y woozy song to which Billie croons in her smoky voice, the influence of Lana Del Rey is clear. And while her sound has been compared with that of Lana Del Rey, Melanie Martinez, and Lorde, she still retains a different dark vibe of her own.
On her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, she has touched genres ranging from trip-hop, electro-pop, dub-step, trap and indie pop. It is not just these various genres through which she glazes which is unique, but the eerie sense of intimacy that one feels while listening to her. Her music sounds extremely personal, which is heightened by the fact that she records her music in her bedroom. She further embodies these ASMR-esque DIY styles on her album’s intro, when she says “I have taken out my Invisalign and this is the album” while she slurps right into your ear. There are frequent unexpected giggles and hums in the middle of the songs which further add to this personalized and intimate feel. Add to this the sinister and bass heavy music and eerie messed up lyrics, supplemented by horrorcore visuals, and you have a unique sound which is far from any formula employed by pop stars. While some of her songs are quirky and absurd, some are more traditional soulful love ballads such as “Listen before I go” “When the party’s over”, and “I love you” where Billie expresses her more sincere self. Billie claims that this album has been informed by her troublesome dreams. She has experienced recurrent night terrors, lucid dreams, as well as sleep paralysis at the time of the recording of the album which thus explains the album title.
This ingenuity in her music trickles down to her style as well, which is once again unique. The blue haired artist experiments with androgynous clothing and usually sports baggy clothes. She reveals her reason for donning such baggy clothes in a Calvin Klein ad where she states that such clothing protects her from being objectified and sexualized. Her popularity amongst teens can also be attributed to the fact that most young girls see Billie as a relatable star. In an interview, Billie has herself claimed of being extremely conscious of not causing any pain to her fans because of her behavior and attempts to be as accessible as she possibly could be.

Billie’s fascination with the “bad guy” persona

“bad guy” was announced as the fifth single from her album. The song topped the charts in multiple countries making it her most successful single from this album. In the first part of the song, Billie sings to a pulsating fast tempo in her whispery and slurry voice. The song employs catchy hooks and danceable beats. The second part has a much slower tempo and comprises of trap beats to which Billie sings. The track combines elements of trap as well as pop. The video accompanying the song is similar to her sound- surreal and absurd. Ellie lets the blood flow from her nose, which she then smears all over her face. . On this playful song she sings about being the bad guy to the “rough guy” she is trying to pursue. The lyrics have sexual undertones. She describes herself as “Make your mama sad type/ Make your girlfriend mad type/Might seduce your dad type”. She even breaks character and sings about her mother’s disapproval and that her mother would not sing along with her to this song

Don’t do drugs, kids

On this anti-drug intimate ballad, Billie, unlike her other contemporaries of sound cloud rappers who glamorize xanax and other drugs, writes about how she doesn’t need a xanny to make her feel better. She plays no character and doesn’t sound preachy. It is sincere and seems to be coming from personal experience. She earnestly writes “I can’t afford to love someone/Who isn't dying by mistake in Silver Lake”. The music plays out like a trip on xanax, with distorted vocals and a shaky bass which gives a rattling effect. Billie claims to want to recreate the feeling of being in the vicinity of someone’s second hand smoke. “I just wanted it to sound the way that it feels to breathe in recycled breath. Recycled, poisonous breath, I may add. I just wanted it to feel miserable” she says of the crazy broken sounding bass.

Dangerous and daring

On this track, Billie takes on the persona of a villainous monarch. The title has been taken from the dialogue of the antagonist Moriarty, on Sherlock Holmes which reads, “in a world of locked rooms, the man with the key is king. And honey, you should see me in a crown”. It begins with the sound of knives being sharpened. The song is bold and has a threatening aura to it. Her reverberating feathery sound further accentuates this feeling of impending doom.

Billie writes about one-sided crushes

On this wistful and nostalgic track, she writes about unrequited love, and how it would be more comfortable for her to know that the guy she likes is gay rather than the fact that he is not into her. She sings “Don’t say I’m not your type, just say I’m not your preferred sexual orientation”. Billie received a lot of back lash and debates ensued on whether the lyrics are offensive and homophobic. Keeping that controversy aside, the song makes an extremely catchy pop number.

Jun 04, 2019

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Exemplifies Power of Gen Z by Game Changing the Core of the Music Business

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Written by @cbenson from Cyclolore  / 7 mins read
#BillieEilish#Pop#SynthPop#WhenWeAllFallAsleepWhereDoWeGo#ClassicPop#DancePop#DanceRock#rock#AltIndie

Sometimes as a mature adult it’s kind of hard to run into terms with facets of the newer pop generation and can be quite a peculiar and blockbuster event in the process of doing so. I mean especially when your already getting Nickelodeon slime vibes from outside the gate of commercial entry. Well Billie Eilish was one of those artist that truly crept up on me I’ll have to admit which is one of the first things I’ll say that the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? does. It’s ominously inviting from the title and for me it set one hell of a debut stage for a LP for a 17 year older. The shocking thing on top of the lackluster first impression, and further impressions, from this ascentual star is that she is only 17 as of now. When I was that age I was actually very creative with visuals and technology, which I learned is Billie Eilish’s forte when it comes to her music and her craft. The hands-on involvement inspired me and pieced together everything on When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? As it’s all a sound body of work in theme, music production and tone. A haunting tone for the most part which is one of the elements of this artist that deflects from her actual age and naivete. On contrary Billie Eilish has noticeably acute vocals as well on ballads like “When The Party’s Over” and “Lovely”. The singer Khalid assists beautifully in the song “Lovely” the lyrics “Isn’t it lovely, all alone. Heart made of glass, my mind of stone,” sinks deeply with the heavy emptiness it carries. The two artists meshed so naturally on the subtlety haunting track exposing the amazing versatile chemistry Billie Eilish is able to intertwine.

The Helpings of Still Being A Teenager

One of the cool things about Billie Eilish is that she reminds me of significant elements that can come with being a teenager one of them for me being the potency of my terror experiences via entertainment like movies, and video games. For instance, I loved the Resident Evil video games and there were also Exorcism movies like “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” - just all kinds of mediums to satisfy that crave of danger and elevating to a pseudo experience of heightened escapism. These were some things that contributed to nightmares that would come and some recurring, and this is literally what the music video looks like for “Bury A Friend” which is ironically one of my favorites. Billie Eilish truly brought dynamics to When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by making it dreamy and terrifying as it kept me on the edge of my seat. An unusual thing to actually catch yourself saying about your experience of a 17-year olders’ album, surprising enough. It’s definitely quite refreshingly interesting I must say to see how something not so serious can make a living for a kid and their family, as Billie’s little brother Finneas O’Connell, helped her produce and write on When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? It's completely registered through your perception of the album as you listen to its playful lyrics such as “I thought that I’d be dead by now” and “I wanna end me” repetitiously on “Bury A Friend” as she is seen in psych ward mode in the music video. Meanwhile those lyrics are something when watching her concerts, are noticeably some of the crowd's favorite to perform along with.

The Disaster Everyone Loves to Love

My mind tries to figure out why this younger generation loves this girl so much and one reason that the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? gives me is that misery this girl emanates in such an impressionable, fun way that it’s almost commanding. Billie Eilish gives mes strong vibes of needing a daily psychiatrist with her depressive aesthetic of lyricism throughout the LP. Your fated for internal destruction if you’re not good at separating yourself from the invoking of your favorite music because you repeat it addictively due to the fact that you love it so much it as its dooming and painful productions are so well polished and designed in cohesion which is the case with the dark cinematics of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? People are generally depressed and there are statistics that show that not all people may necessarily even know that they are at the time of it. “Don’t you know I’m no good for you? I’ve learned to lose you, can’t afford to. Tore my shirt to stop you bleeding, but nothing ever stops you leaving,” is just a small inclusion of the dark lyrics that a ballad on the album recite. The statistical depressive expressions that I had when I was 17 are the nature of the emotions that Billie Eilish reveals in the darkness of the lyrics in this album and can lend somewhat of a relatable experience to listeners. “When The Party’s Over”, despite its dark lyrics, was featured on Fox’s television show “The Unbefriended” in an episode during their second season which shows that the song was commercially successful - dropping as the second Single for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.

A Refinement of the Pop Music Industry

A lot of thing that come to play for you to be changing up the game in the Entertainment industry like social domination, chart domination, world tours, the backing of juggernaut entity and these are primary factors in everything involving Billie Eilish’s success. This 17-year-old pop star as of now has 1.9 million publishing’s under the hashtag #billieeilish on Instagram. She’s the representation of a teen leader that just sort of shapes things up as she goes along with her unique authenticity. This is something that I noticed about Billie Eilish when diving deeper into what she’s gotten herself into with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. “You should see me in a crown, I’m gonna run this nothing town, watch me make’em bow, one by, one by one,” from the versatile and low whisperer growling song “You Should See Me in A Crown” really gave me a sharp perspective as to what she is geared toward. A type of royalty that is well reckoned in the music business and in the video, I was very impressed. The crown placed atop of her head is decked out in webbed creepy crawlers that give you chills and truly push the boundaries of what artist are encouraged to do in their music videos. “You Should See Me In A Crown” is for sure another track from When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? that truly shifted the boundaries a bit of what I’ve considered to be cool in this proved to be ‘creepy’ business.

May 24, 2019
The Worlds Of Billie.
It always happens. It seems that it is a prophecy (read this with intense medieval intonation): "Every so often a magical creature emerges by surprise from anonymity, with a new sound, a special vision and an aesthetic that until then was difficult to see or guess. That creature will be able to understand reality differently and will dazzle society with its way of understanding music.'' In a time where pop and commercial music were falling into the abyss of boredom, with repeated bases until you can’t stand them anymore and, in general, boring, Billie Eilish took the role of that new and magical being. Our music is experiencing a golden age in terms of sounds: tired of the usual melodies, a few years ago music began to introduce new sounds, and has evolved until today, when it has opened its range of options and artists with curious and original visions that contribute with their small grain of sand, changing music. The maximum representation of this we can find today is Billie, who at the end of last March released her album '' WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? ''
May 24, 2019
Billie Eilish Releases The Biggest Album Of 2019 And I Honestly Feel Like A Proud Parent
I’ve actually been waiting to write this one for the longest time. I consider myself to be one of the biggest Billie Eilish fans, and it’s not really up for debate. I was one of the first to originally discover her those 3 years ago before anyone even knew her. She barely had two songs released with “Ocean Eyes” and “Six Feet Under.” I knew right away that she was something special. I told everyone in the goddamn world about her. Ya know, I kind of miss those days — when you’re giving your friend a music recommendation and you hope they haven’t heard of the artist you’re suggesting. “Have you heard of Billie Eilish?” “Who?” It was a great feeling to be the first one to tell someone about an amazing new artist. It’s an even greater feeling knowing that you got to witness the entire rise of this now monumental influence. You get to see them grow as an artist and it gives you a sense of pride. I even made sure to write about her to get the message out. Each year, on my personal blog, I write an article spreading the word about new artists who are on the brink of blowing up. I put Billie Eilish as my No. 1 new artist in my 2017 version of the series. The previous year, I chose Dua Lipa as my No. 1 and now she’s got 2 Grammy’s, billions of streams and views, and everyone knows her. Now, look at Billie Eilish, because next year you know she’s coming for those Grammy’s too. You could say I have a knack for this sort of thing. I honestly credit myself to jump-starting both of their careers. To them I say “You’re welcome.” Regardless, I’m so proud of Billie Eilish’s recent successes, and how was she was able to stay true to her vision by creating WWAFAWDWG with only her brother, FINNEAS. You don’t get much of that in the music business nowadays. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this wonderful record.
May 10, 2019
In The Universe Of Billie Eilish – Unnamed Dark Forces Of Our Psyche Haunt Our Youthful Selves
I am using the pronoun ‘our’ in the headline because apparently, Billie Eilish has struck upon a gold mine of angst that we can all identify with – and this disquiet never does go away. I am almost 50 years old and even at this age, there are days when the dark forces in my brain can overwhelm my usually positive nature. We, of course, never talk about it (at least in public) or show people that we are falling apart. It is often seen as a sign of weakness or a weak personality. So, we need artists like Billie Eilish to articulate it to us and give us songs which may sound weird at first – but are just clear articulations of some of our worrying trepidations and products of our fertile imaginations. Billie Eilish is only 17 years old and she already has a debut studio album out. That means she wrote most of the songs in this album when she was just 16 years old or younger. A-MA-ZING! Well, I am saying that because when you say 16 years old, the songs I expect to hear from a teenager would be something like Debbie Gibson’s “Out of the Blue” or Britney Spears “Baby One More Time”. But what if you get songs like “Bury A Friend” or “Bad Guy”. Hmmmm…..then I realized, oh yeah, there are several sides of teenage life and one of them is the gloomy, depressed, sad part of growing up – and I think that is the aspect of teenage life that Billie Eilish is expressing.
Apr 29, 2019
Billie Eilish, The 17-Year-Old Phenom, Releases Her Soul Rupturing Debut Album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
The highly anticipated debut album from the viral-pop sensation marvels in the worlds of lyrical depth and personal narrative amid a Goth infused, deep-toned experimental vibe – At 17 years of age I was watching Sister Sister and swooning over my first boyfriend but not Billie Eilish. The young gem has over 15 million followers on Instagram and has sat on the couch of Ellen DeGeneres. As if 17 years old isn’t young enough, her true claim to fame came at age 14 with her obnoxiously successful single “Ocean Eyes” which has amassed over 16 million listens on Soundcloud and over 87 million streams on Spotify. Like fine wine Eilish only gets better over time proving to give herself quite the arduous task of sounding better than what others already have deemed great – The Los Angeles native teenager cultivates music that brims with lyrical complexities, depth, visual anomalies and a knack for penned open explication. Her written ambiguity allows listeners to adopt whatever interpretation they choose. When most artists release their first body of work it hearkens like the beginning of something beautiful but it’s swelling with flaws and room for improvement. Somehow, this barley legal adult has released a debut album that simmers like perfection – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is laced with 13 full tracks each sonically diverse from its previous. Albums that overflow with flavor and topic shifting make for a robust body of work. Eilish leaves listeners with a full stomach after ingesting this project.

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Album Info

"When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Released

  • Mar 29, 2019

Genres

  • Alternative

Label

  • Darkroom
  • Interscope

Producer

  • Finneas
  • Billie Eilish

About

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (stylized in all uppercase) is the upcoming debut studio album by American singer Billie Eilish, set to be released on March 29, 2019. The songs "You Should See Me in a Crown" and "When the Party's Over" were released as the first two singles from the album. The third single, "Bury a Friend", was released with the album pre-order on January 30, 2019. The fourth single, "Wish You Were Gay", was released on March 4, 2019. Most of the album's tracks, except for a few, were written during the Don't Smile at Me era. These songs were supposed to be part of an album that was supposed to be released in the summer of 2017. Instead, an extended play called Don't Smile at Me was released.
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