Hey Billie Eilish … Calm Down Please x

Hey Billie Eilish … Calm Down Please x

So we’ve had some time to marinate in the absolute sauce that is WHEN WE ALL FOR ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and I feel like I can confidently say we’re all just basking in how amazing it is?

Like Billie said she’d deliver, and she came through. Sorry, Billie and Finneas came through and delivered one of the most streamed albums of the year so far. Literally, nearly every single song on that album was charting the week it was released.

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The fact that !!!!!!! (boy you do not know how hard it was counting those exclamation points) is only 13 seconds long? Love that. Love it. It confused me at first, but now I can basically quote the 13 second Invisalign monologue by heart. And I love how it just jumps straight into bad guy, which is one of my favourite songs off the entire album.

This song had me hooked from the second it started. It had my jaw on the floor and my head bopping up and down the entire time. It’s such a bop but it’s an intricate bop. There’s so many layers to this song, especially vocally, and all of it combines to create this really unique sound that I haven’t really heard before, which is what I think contributes to how much this album exploded.

xanny is another one of my favourites. I kinda overlooked it at first, but one of my friends mentioned that it was her favourite of the album, so I returned to it and now I’m loving it so much. Every time I listen to it I pick up on something new in the lyrics to be amazed at. I can imagine this absolutely blowing the lid of a stadium when she takes this on tour. She better.

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you should see me in a crown doesn’t even need a bit. A banger. A bop. A hard, hitting, slap.

all the good girls go to hell is another song I kinda shamefully overlooked, cos I felt like I’d heard it before. The piano really threw me off for some stupid reason, but it literally only took one more listen for me to restore my senses. Her vocals in this song are so clean and crisp.

wish you were gay is a great song. Not my favourite, but it’s definitely not a bad song by any means. I love the backing vocals in this song and the nursery rhyme kinda of vibe they have, especially during the verses. The chorus is also one I can imagine going off during an arena tour.

when the party’s over makes me emo. I don’t know what it is about this album, but again, I didn’t really grasp the emotion or the intent behind the song until a second listen. I think it was because I was so caught up in listening to her vocal performance and the production when I first listened to it, that I never really took in the lyrics, which for me are the best part of the entire song. They’re so beautiful and vulnerable and I love how open it is.

 

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I really like 8. It’s so simple and sweet but it’s such a sad song. The vocal mixing and the production is so perfect and it works really well with the lyrics.

my strange addiction made me scream, purely hearing The Office being sampled throughout it. It’s got a really groovy synth bass line that’s super bouncy and I can definitely get around it. The melody in the chorus is also insanely catchy, and this song was stuck in my head hours after listening to the album.

Obviously you then have bury friend which kinda kicked the whole aesthetic of the album into second gear. I think the more and more I listen to the album, the more I’ll be able to bring some of the other songs up to this level. At the moment this song and bad guy are so far up on my favourites list, it’s not even funny, it’s kinda disrespectful.

ilomilo is an interesting one. Probably my least favourite song out of the album. Again, not a bad song at all, it just doesn’t stick in my mind as distinctly as the other songs do.

listen before i go nearly made me cry when I first heard it. The first line is so ridiculously sad, and it’s hard to fathom that someone so young could pen these type of lyrics. I desperately want to do a cover of this song.

 

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Another tear-jerker. i love you is another beautiful song, but one of my favourite parts is undeniably how distinct Finneas’ voice is in it. Their voices gel and blend so well together and this song is a great example of it.

goodbye gave me shivers the first time I heard the vocal harmonies. Such a fitting song for the last track of the album. I love how she managed to weave the rest of the songs from the album into the final song, I got major Jon Bellion, Hand Of God – Outro vibes from it because he does it in that song as well. It’s something I’ve always admired and I love when artists mesh their songs into one another. She’s done it before when she references Ocean Eyes, one of her first songs, in you should see me in a crown so goodbye just seems like the perfect way to wrap up the album.


 

So that’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO.

But I’m not done. I think one of the most crucial parts, one of the biggest assets to the entire album, one of the reasons the album is as good as it is, is Finneas. If you aren’t aware of Finneas, Billie’s older brother, he’s the other half of the team that’s really built this artist and all these songs from the ground up. I probably can’t really do Finneas justice or explain his process or his thoughts, so I highly recommend watching the video below. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the album. Let me know in the comments below!

x

Priya

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Billie Eilish, What The Heck?

Billie Eilish, What The Heck?

Hello, hello!

As we’ve come to expect from the wise-beyond-her-years 17 year old, Billie Eilish has dropped another song on us, and this time even I’m simultaneously mildly creeped out and hella inspired by what she manages to come up with. Fans of horror pop, Billie says ‘you’re welcome’.

I mean the song’s called bury a friend for a start.

I think it’s easier to let you have a look at the video to begin with, *if you can’t do needles, I’d be wary*.

 

 

She’s tastefully released the track after announcing her debut album, (finally), WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, as well as teeing these up with the announcement of the Groovin In The Moo music festival here in Australia, which she’s playing in 2019.

bury a friend, according to Billie is from the perspective of the monster under your bed, and I think the visuals pretty much sum that up perfectly. I could not take my eyes off the video, regardless of how freaked out it made me, and I think a lot of it comes down to how young Billie is, yet how 100% committed she is to every idea she puts out and how perfectly she executes what she says she’s going to do, this music video being no different.

The entire concept is as everyone’s talking about, incredibly dark, but the song itself, is a bop. I mean, are we surprised at this point?

Regardless of the fact that she talks about stapling your tongue, burying a friend, cannibalism, drowning and stepping on glass, the song is so bloody good. The bass is so percussive that it adds to the drums and there’s plenty of little elements here and there like the addition of a second voice behind the chorus vocals, screeches, the squeaks of a door opening, drill noises, literally everything you would associate with some sort of horror movie, and it all works so well.

Of course, by now we know that Billie’s older brother Finneas has a level of credit that’s straight away given to him because of how much creative direction he gives all the music. As the producer and co-writer, I’ve really enjoyed seeing how two people who’ve contributed to the creation of such a broad and varied catalogue of songs have grown together and I think Finneas’ production and writing style on compliments the ideas that Billie brings forward. Their working relationship in comparison to their sibling relationship is super interesting to me and I’d love to see more of it this year.

Lyrically, you want to sing along, so bad, and then when you finally hear the song enough, (only about 15 times the day it’s released in my case), and can confidently sing along with it, you realise the words are so morbid and dark, but the beat makes it so irrelevant. I feel like if my parents were to hear me singing along to this song at home or something they’d be wildly concerned.

 

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It’s peak horror pop and I for one, love it.

I’m super excited for this album. Time and time again, Billie proves that she’s capable of coming up with things we’ve never seen before and from such a young girl, it’s remarkable. Heck, she was one of the first people I ever wrote about, she’s credit to one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and she’s finally getting the recognition she so deserves.

x

Priya

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October Tunes

October Tunes

It’s becoming alarming how quickly the year is coming to an end, but the silver lining at the end of every month, is that I get another opportunity to share some of my favourite music with you all!

Regardless of the fact that October ending means there’s only two months left in the year, it means I get to share what music I was loving this month, and this month I was really loving music. University coming to an end meant that I was listening to tunes on end while procrastinating doing my assignments and homework, listening to my study playlist when I eventually go around to doing some work and then having the time to blast music 24/7 after finishing up for the year. PLUS, October was a great month for new releases and new discoveries, so there’s always that to look forward to.

Hopefully you find something you enjoy on this playlist, let me know what you were listening to during October!

CONVERSATIONS WITH MY WIFE – JON BELLION: JON’S RELEASING AN ALBUM NEXT MONTH. I don’t know if you’ve caught it, but I have a huge adoration/admiration/obsession for Jon Bellion, and I nearly screamed when he posted that this song was up on his Spotify. It’s everything I expected from Jon, but heaps more and I love it. The production is amazing, out of this world, but the lyrics don’t suffer, they’re intense and catchy and everything just works together perfectly. Listen to this song. It’s kinda like going to a digital church.

Stay – Mac Ayres: I can’t take any credit for this. My friend/coworker/guitarist showed me this artist one day at work, and I was instantly obsessed. I believe the term is ‘milky’ but ‘smooth’, ‘warm’ and ‘toasty’ also suffice enough to even try describing this guy’s voice. It’s insane. That too, majority of his songs feature that really sweet, vintage guitar tone that you all know I love talking on and on about. It’s a ‘Daniel Caesar-type’ mood, so if you’re a fan of Daniel Caesar, Sabrina Claudio, Omar Apollo or boy pablo, definitely check Mac Ayres out.

Water on the Bridge – Chelsea Cutler: I discovered this artist through another artist I’ve been loving for a while, Christian French. You can read the post I did about Christian HERE. Christian is currently on tour, and he’s supporting Chelsea Cutler, so while I was writing up his post, I decided to have a listen to some of her music, and while I had heard a one of her songs before, I’d never really listened to anything else or done any further investigating. Boy do I regret that. Chelsea has some incredible songs, but this song is by far my favourite. It’s so ethereal and the lyrics are so sad and angry at the same time and I love it. Have a listen.

Girls Need Love – Summer Walker: I was introduced to this artist by a friend from uni who, get this, ‘heard it and thought I’d really like it’. That’s one of my favourite things in the world, when people hear a song and think you’d appreciate it and go out of their way to let you know you should listen to it. Love that. Anyway. Summer Walker. Wait for that post to come, because trust me, it’s coming. This song is a bop. A smooth, RnB bop. SZA, Kehlani, H.E.R type bop. Get around it.

If Tomorrow Never Comes – Swiss, Etana: Okay. If Tomorrow Never Comes by Ronan Keating is one of my favourite songs. It’s a family favourite. On the other hand, reggae is one of my favourite genres. Island music? All over it, as is my family. A reggae, island cover of If Tomorrow Never Comes? I’m done. This song made my jaw drop, and it’s nothing spectacular in terms of how they switch it up or anything, because you know what song it is immediately, the singers are all just gorgeous and inject that island quality singing into the song, and this song just makes me feel all warm and toasty inside.

Where Did I Go? – Jorja Smith: Jorja Smith needs no introduction here on the blog so I’m not gonna give it. All I’ve going to say, is her album is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s like each song is tailored to be a single all on it’s own, released at just the right moment, when in reality, every single song is just a hit. Where Did I Go is my latest obsession from the Lost & Found album.

MICHUUL. – Duckwrth: I overheard this song while I was at the gym. The somewhat dancehall, beat, layered vocals and simple synths somehow reached me over my own music, so much so that I pulled out my headphones and shazaam’d the song. It’s such a ridiculously good, groovy tribute to Michael Jackson, without going out of it’s way to be over sentimental. As a huge Michael Jackson fan, I love this song.

THUG LIFE – BROCKHAMPTON: It took me a while to get through the recent BROCKHAMPTON album, but when I did I was easily able to pick THUG LIFE as my favourite song from it. I just really love the vocals on it and the production on a whole.

Hocus Pocus – Clark Beckham: I discovered Clark through my favourite musician on the planet, Jon Bellion. If you missed my post all about Clark Beckham, had a read of that, it’s all you need to understand how much I love this artist. This song in particular, is my absolute favourite and I get shivers every time I hear it.

For How Long – RINI: DUDES. I’ve shared some of RINI’s music on here before, but next month, I’m going to his EP Launch concert!! I didn’t really know anyone else who listened to his music, and so told one of my friends at work, the same friend who plays guitar for me, and mentioned that he was on a list of musicians and songs I had given my friend to listen to, and he recognised the name, mentioned that he actually loved him, and we basically bought out tickets at my desk at work, so now I’m super, duper keen.

I Don’t Lack Imagination – E^ST: This song was a Triple J discovery for me personally. I’m starting to think I need to seriously look into E^ST and the rest of her songs, because so far of the two that have made their way onto the radio and become somewhat popular, she’s been two for two and they’ve both been amazing. This one especially.

Wonderful – Mullaly: This is one of my favourite pre pre-game songs. Pre pre-game, as in, getting ready for the pre-game. Like doing your makeup with your friends or by yourself. I have an entire playlist dedicated to that specific mood, check it out on my Spotify. It’s a really up-beat, percussive song, and I love how bouncy it is, that said, it’s incredibly easy to sing along to. It’s a very happy song.

Tadow – Masego, FKJ: cannot wait to see Masego at Laneway Festival in February next year (with Mia???). Tadow was one of the first songs I ever heard from Masego, and it’s one of my favourites. I heard it playing at a bar I was doing a gig at before we got on stage and made a mental note to add it to some of my playlists, and ever since then I’ve been loving it even more.

Beautiful – Bazzi: This particular song makes the cut because of my little sister. Somehow she managed to get the lyrics oh so incredibly wrong, yet sing them with all the confidence she had, so because of how many times I spent correcting her, I ended up listening to the song over and over again and adding it to playlists, then listening to it in the car, on the way to work and university, and that’s how it’s on this list.

Dangerous – Kaien Cruz: I have not a single clue how I came across this song, but I have, and no one I’ve asked knows it. If you do know this song, please leave me a comment because I need someone to obsess over it with. This song is incredible. It’s an injustice that more people haven’t heard it.

Social Jungle – Herizen: After recently following Herizen on Instagram after my The Get Down binge, I’ve been keeping tabs on her music career. This song, is amazing. This song has such an slinky, underground vibe, and Herizen’s voice fits the style perfectly. She has another song, Come Over To My House, that’s equally as fitting, I recommend you have a listen to both of the songs!

Bad – Lennon Stella: Lennon Stella. 1/2 of the duo, Lennon and Maisy, who I’ve been in love with for quite a few years now. I’ve always loved both their voices, but it seems Lennon, the eldest, is making her moves musically right now, and I’m loving it. She recently featured on a song with Liam Payne and Jonas Blue, but I don’t love it half as much as I love this song. This song is beautiful. It’s so sweet sonically, but the lyrics are a really strong contrast to the music, and I’m all about it.

when the party’s over – billie eilish: I feel like this song kind of shut down the world. For the first couple of days after it was released, I couldn’t look through my Instagram stories without seeing someone sharing it. The first time I heard it gave me major nostalgia. Billie actually sang this song back in April at her concert, and she sang it so beautifully, and as soon as I heard it I messaged my friends who I went with to see if they realised it was the same song we heard all those months ago. This is one of my favourite Billie Eilish songs to date.

So that’s what I was listening to in October! If you loved any of these songs, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear what you were listening to this month!

x

Priya

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@paigesspace

@paigesspace

Hello friends!

For today’s post I’m gonna be sharing an artist who I believe you all need in your life. I haven’t done an artist spotlight in a hot minute, and as much as I’ve been enjoying sharing some different posts with you, I’m super keen to share this artist.

If you’re not familiar with @paigesspace on Instagram, you’re about to be.

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I discovered her through one of my favourite singers/people, through whom all is good in the world, Billie Eilish, who came across the New Zealand singer’s account and promptly became obsessed with Paige, which subsequently turned to her spamming her Instagram account story with videos of Paige’s numerous covers and original songs she has posted on her Instagram account, which is linked above.

As soon as I saw the first video, or more so, heard her voice, I jumped right over onto Paige’s account, and began my investigations. I was not disappointed.

Tell me this doesn’t give you chills.

We all know how much I love Done For Me by Kehlani and Charlie Puth, but I didn’t think I could ever love a cover version, an incredibly original cover version, this much. It’s perfect.

So since Billie Eilish bestowed her gift upon the world and my Instagram account, I’ve been eagerly awaiting new covers and videos from Paige, whether that be on her Instagram, or her YouTube channel, which is equally as generous.

Which made the news of her single release, So Far, all the more exciting, considering all the newly gained, and greatly deserved fans she has welcomed to the family following Billie’s promotion.

So Far came out a couple days ago, and let me tell you. If you’re a fan of Billie Eilish, Kehlani, any good music, you have to listen to it.

I’ve been listening to it on repeat this entire morning, especially while I write this, and it’s yet to get old.

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Paige’s voice is probably one of the smoothest voice I’ve ever heard on social media. We all know how much I love to Alice Kristiansen (@alicelk) and I’m 100% that Paige is on the same level, I definitely put those two on the same shelf.

So Far reminds me a lot of two of Kehlani’s acoustic releases, Honey and Again, both of which are beautiful songs. Speaking of, there’s also this cover up on her Instagram to really drive my point home…

 

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Paige’s voice is so smooth and mellow, but you can hear how clear and strong it is at the same time. I won’t talk about the guitar because you should just feel my love for it it in your own heart the second you hear that tone. The harmonies at the end nearly made me fling my laptop across the room when I heard them, this girl has me falling in love with no-one to fall in love with.

Definitely check Paige out. She truly tugs on the heart strings, and I don’t have a heart to tug on, so you know she’s doing something right.

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I’d love to know what you guys think of Paige, I’ll probably continue to obsess over her voice and her music until she releases and another album or something.

x

Priya

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Maybe, Probably, In Love

Maybe, Probably, In Love

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By now, we all know how utterly obsessed I am with the phenomenon that is Billie Eilish. Since first hearing her early last year, I’ve wanted to grow up to be Billie, which made seeing her at The Howler on the 8th of February all that more incredible. As I’ve mentioned in my posts about seeing Gretta Ray and Dean Lewis, The Howler is one of my favourite venues in Melbourne, and Billie made it ten times better.

 

Two of my friends and I caught the train into the city, and after a quick dinner and some drinks, caught the tram down to Brunswick, where The Howler is located. It was a short tram ride and we made it for the last part of OKENYO, the support act’s, set. She was such a great support act. A mix of the hard hitting bass and dimension that Billie brings to her song, with an ethereal quality to it with really beautiful backing vocals. Her voice was equally as amazing. After listening to some of her songs on Spotify, I definitely enjoyed her live performance a lot more. It was so dynamic and impactful live, her vocals seemed so much more stronger in person, but definitely check out her Spotify and have a listen to some of her music when you get a chance.

 

There was a short break and finally, Billie came out.

 

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Despite coming during the support act, we managed to get a pretty good spot, and when she came out it was slightly unnerving and unreal. After two years of seeing her through a screen, laughing at her Instagram mystory’s and just being in awe of her as a being, seeing her in person was so strange, but at the same time, one of the best experiences ever. She opened with bellyache, her most popular song from her album dont smile at me.

She was the perfect mix of insane energy and stillness when it was needed, and watching her, it was so hard to imagine that she only turns 17 this year. It’s simultaneously the most inspiring and crushing thing ever to know that she’s accomplished so much in such a short time and that she’s accomplished so much in such a short time.

Anyway.

Her set was perfect in every way. She was no-nonsense and while a lot of the time I genuinely enjoy when musicians stand on stage and have a bit of banter with the audience, Billie kept it to a minimum, but you could still see how much fun she was having and it seemed so natural that she kinda flied from song to song It really suited her and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

 

Her brother Finneas is just as talented. He co-writes a lot of her songs with her so halfway through she stepped to the side and he sang a song that literally punched me in the gut. It honestly runs in the family, I’m telling you. They even teamed up for a few dance breaks that link back to Billie’s formal dance train, and he accompanied her for a couple of songs as well.

 

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Billie even sat down to sing a song that’s yet to be released, and if it’s anything like the live version, it’s going to be one of my favourites. The song captured everything I love about Billie. It was super, duper sad, but her vocals literally soared. It was a simple song, but the lyrics made my heart stop a couple of times, and there were genuine audible gasps from the audience. I’m just going to patiently wait for this song to be released. Probably not so patiently.

She finished with my boy, which was definitely a crowd pleaser and one of my favourites. Off stage for a minute, she swear to God, Naruto ran back on for the encore where she sang hostage, which hushed the crowd entirely. I’m pretty sure everyone was equally in awe as I was. For a 16 year old to hook and hold an 18+ crowd as tightly as she did, Billie’s charisma and energy was so infectious. Finally, finally, we were instructed to mosh as much has we wanted (“yeah even you guys at the front, punch someone.“) as she sang COPYCAT. It was like she had saved up her stores of energy for this one song, and she bounced and jumped around the stage, dancing and head banging along with the rest of us. The live version was so dynamic and the drum breaks added a whole new layer that the studio version doesn’t even touch. It was great to get another side to the song that allowed the audience to really physically get into it.

 

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Not even a week after Let Go Fest and my mind was once again blown by such an incredible live act. To date, Billie Eilish is probably in my top five concerts I’ve attended and by far, my favourite act that I’ve seen at The Howler. From the moment it ended, up until the time we all got home, all my friends and I could think and talk about was how she surely wasn’t real? She seemed too good to be true, not only seeing her in person, but hearing such a mature and strong voice from someone so young, live and so close. If you ever get the chance to see Billie Eilish live, please go. You 100% will regret nothing, I promise.

 

x

Priya

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GIG GUIDE 2017…UPDATE

As bloody well predicted, my Gig Guide has developed quite a bit since my last post about my gigging adventures back in July. I’m so pumped for 2018 to just get here already because my friends and I have a bunched of concerts booked and planned and ready to go.

SO LET US BEGIN! I’m gonna do this by month because that’s how I did the last one, and I liked it that way:

JANUARY
Kicking off 2017, I’m going to see The Kooks with two of my best friends, tickets for which we literally booked half an hour ago. Honestly last month and this month were crazy for concert tickets, everyone seemed to be announcing shows in Australia, and these were definitely tickets I was very excited to hear about.

FEBRUARY
Oh my goodness this is probably in the top three concerts that I’m the most excited about next year, and that’s Billie Eilish. I’m going with three of my friends, all of whom love Billie just as much as I do. If you aren’t aware of how much I love this gal, check out my post that I did, all about the angel and how much she rocks. She’s performing at The Howler, which is one of my all-time favourite gig venues. Cannot wait to get into a pork burger and a cider.

MARCH
March is where it is at honestly. So to start off March, two of my best friends and I again, are going to see Jet perform at the Melbourne Zoo Twilight gigs that happen every year. Honestly, 8-year old me, singing Are You Gonna Be My Girl on SingStar Rock had a meltdown when I bought those tickets.
Then as I mentioned in my first Gig Guide, I’m going to see the smooth as heck, Bruno Mars at Etihad Stadium with my family, shoutout to my dad for scoring us all mosh pit tickets. I’m so pumped for it.
Then literally four days later, the same best friends that I’ve mentioned twice already and I, are getting in the mosh pit for Ed Sheeran. This will be the second time I’m seeing him and if it’s anything like the first time, we’re in for an amazing show.

APRIL
As mentioned in the previous post, I’m seeing Harry Styles in April and I’m waiting for the moment I get to hear Kiwi live. All these fan videos from his US concerts can only keep me going for so long, and with the music video come out too I’m so pumped for it.

JUNE
Then finally, (as of now), I’m going to see my boy Niall Horan (post linked). I cannot wait to see Niall live. The last time I saw him was when One Direction toured, all five of them, and they came to Australia, and I’ve never got to see him again, since they never bloody come here. But finally, after much patience, he announced his tour and I was thrilled to get tickets. Cannot wait. Will scream.

I will definitely be giving more updates, or at least updating this post if there are any changes in the near future, but for now, that’s all! Let me know if you’ve seen any of the acts I mentioned above live, or, any acts you would recommend seeing live!

 

 

*UPDATES*

So, in the time that I’ve uploaded this post, and the time of writing this now, 12:53am on December the 30th, I have added two more gigs to the lineup above. Let’s get it.

JANUARY
While previously I was only attending The Kooks in January, I’ll also be attending the Australian Open tennis tournament. ‘But Priya’, you say ‘that’s definitely not a concert’. You’re right. What does constitute as a concert is the official Australian Open Live Stage that you get access to when purchasing General Access tickets. On the day we booked our tickets, we’re also gonna be joining a lil mosh pit for one of my favourite Melbourne bands ever, Jakubi, who are opening for Rudimental. Insane.

FEBRUARY
An exact month after we go for The Kooks, my two best friends and I, who I’ve mentioned too many times above, are going to Let Go Fest. Let Go Fest is a relatively new festival that’s started up in Victoria, my state, however the lineup is incredible. It was only released a couple of days ago, but with Gang Of Youths, SAFIA, Bag Raiders, Remi, Middle Kids, a silent disco, a free ferris wheel and a ton more, we didn’t hesitate to get tickets. Cannot wait.

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All About Billie

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I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Billie before in a monthly favourites or in another playlists like that, but if you’ve somehow missed it…here’s a whole post dedicated to the girl.

I was initially introduced to her by one of my best friends, who demanded I listen to her song Bellyache. It soon became one of my favourite songs, and still is. Had I joined the masses of people who tuned in to watch 13 Reasons Why, I would have heard her song Bored featured in the TV series as well, shortly after Bellyache was released as a single. You can watch the music video for Bellyache below!

 

I reckon YouTube user ‘jimmybread 2’ sums it up pretty well: the breeziest song about committing several homicides you will ever hear. And he’s not wrong. The song is literally about murder, which you can really easily pick up on if you listen to the lyrics really closely, or even pull them up on the internet. I still stand by it though.

 

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Aside from the production value, the song is amazing. It’s incredibly dynamic from start to finish, and then there’s Billie’s voice. Its phenomenal. She’s got an amazing voice, and it translates over into her live performances as well. She was featured on one of my favourite YouTube channels, COLOURS, performing her song Watch. See for yourself, just how good this girl is, even live.

 

 

While I definitely love Bellyache, I think Watch is quickly becoming my favourite song Billie’s released. Especially after watching this video. I feel like now is a good time to tell you that this girl is 15. She’s fifteen years old. Hopefully that puts into perspective how crazy good her voice and live vocal performance is.

Another fantastic song of hers is Six Feet Under which was released as a single in 2016, and is the first song to appear on her Spotify account. It’s a pretty, haunting song and you know how excited I was to see a video of her performing it live with her brother Finneas O’Connell at Sofar Los Angeles.

 

 

Billie also released an EP this year, titled ‘dont smile at me’, which her brother Finneas co-produced and helped write. The album is killer, and has some amazing tracks on it. It’s a pretty heavy record for someone of her age, but she handles the lyrics with a lot of maturity that seems to be a staple in her songwriting and performance. The opening song, COPYCAT, is intense as heck. Pounding bass lines and a synth that nearly burst my eardrums the first time I heard it. Billie’s voice is light and feathery enough that it somehow compliments these elements, yet competes with them to really come to the front of the whole sound incredibly.  My favourite song is definitely Watch though. The chorus is beautiful, as are the lyrics.

 

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Billie is an incredibly underrated musician, and it may be down to her age, the type of music she’s releasing, or how short her music career has been so far, but I’m looking forward to hearing more from her. Watch and Bellyache are already being played a bit on the radio (nice one Triple J), and she’s doing a tour here that I’m too poor to attend, so she’s definitely taking off. You can bet I’ll be there the next time she’s around.

x

p.f