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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The Feels

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Calvin Harris. I spoke about him in my last monthly favourites possibly, but here I am again, bleary-eyed, fresh off the plane from my holiday around the USA, to tell you just how much I’m enjoying this particular song.

Feels.

Even the name does it. Like, the name should come as a warning title for everyone listening, about what you’re going to experience when you give this song a go. Feels. All the feels.

With Harris’ new album Funk Wave Bounces Vol. 1 recently released, I was blessed with a few minutes of wifi each day to interact with friends over the ridiculous time zone, post updates on my Instagram (cough cough youshouldhear cough) and download the album on Spotify so I could listen to it on the road. Let’s break it down, shall we?

 

Slide is the first song on the album, and if you’ve been reading while I was away, you know how I feel about that song. It’s funky as heck. Like, encapsulates the title of the album perfectly. Plus, what I believe to be, the final resurrection of Frank Ocean’s vocals on this track, provide a killer backing for boogy-ing around your kitchen after a long day, making a half-decent meal.

Then there’s Cash Out. I don’t even know what happened around me for the duration of this song when I first listened to this because I tuned out. I literally got lost in this song. And I’m not sure why, because it’s definitely not my favourite song on the album. The chorus sounds vaguely familiar to the ultimate fave, this blog’s topic, Feels, yet, I still vibe with it 100%. And PartyNextDoor’s voice can do no wrong. It’s probably that.

Then there’s Heatstroke. This is the song that really pulled me in. Slide was funky, but I wasn’t hooked until I heard this song. I live for Pharrell and Ariana together in this song. It work’s so well, and I love how their voices gel.

Rollin’. Oh Rollin. If you aren’t familiar with Khalid, get around it. He’s amazing, vocally amazing. I can’t understand how it’s taken this long for him to really kick off, but now that he’s doing the circuit I can only hope he makes it Down Under soon. This song is another boost for Khalid, and Calvin does this dude justice. I couldn’t imagine Khalid on an overly funk infused track, and this seems like a perfect middle ground between the vibe Harris was aiming for with this album, and the smoothness that Khalid brings to any song he touches.

Prayers Up. It’s probably my least listened to song on the album. I don’t know. It doesn’t stick with me, and that’s usually what it takes for me to continue to return to a song. Like Feels. Though the synths in this song are killer.

Holiday. I only listen to it for John Legend and Takeoff. And I didn’t even know who Takeoff was before listening to this song. Snoop Dogg is great, but Calvin hit the jackpot getting John’s vocals on it. Hearing him float throughout the track is lovely.

Skrt On Me is phenomenal. Nicki Minaj is phenomenal. I’m going to come out and own up to the fact that I didn’t really care for Nicki until maybe late 2015. And she’s doing amazing stuff, that I vibe with. Swalla was only the beginning of it for me this year, and getting her as the solo feature on this song was an amazing decision. Nicki’s singing voice is so under-appreciated and Harris has pulled through to deliver that amazing-ness.

Feels, we can wait for that a little bit.

The next song on the album is Faking It, with Kehlani and Lil Yachty. I was pretty biased when I listened to this song, because I listened as a fan of Kehlani, and even if it totally sucked, it wouldn’t have in my opinion. I could listen to that girl sing the alphabet and cry ‘Grammy!’. Thankfully, I didn’t have to because this song is one of the more mellow songs on the album, but you can still groove to it. Versatility is such a key for me, and this song ticks that box straight away. And the lyrics. Spot on. No wrong.

I had never heard of Jessie Reyez before I listened to this song, and I’m low-key very angry about it. She kinda reminds me a bit of a more RnB version of Norah Jones. I love it. This song is a great finisher to this amazing album.

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But now. The reason for this blog.

Feels. Feels, feels, feels, feels, feels.

I don’t care if I get smack for this, but if Katy Perry could put aside her own career for a little while, and commit her life to the few lines she sings in this song, I would be eternally grateful. It’s so good??? Pharrell kills it. Pharrell Williams honestly grabs the verses and pre-chorus by the horns, and kills it. Nails it all. And then the chorus comes in. The first time I heard it, I was convinced that it was not Katy Perry. It sounds totally different to the stuff she’s recently released, and I prefer these five lines to anything I’ve heard from her in the last three years. Honestly. 100% honesty. And then Big Sean comes through and I was forced to commit at least twelve replays to learn that rap, which I now scream religiously. Wait for this song at the club. Just wait.

Calvin Harris is killing it this year. Between his perfectly timed single releases, the parrot in the promotion for the album and the incredible list of feature artists that help make up the record, he nails it. Honestly, if one of these songs isn’t titled Song Of Summer for this year, I’ll throw fists. I’ll do it. Especially if Feels isn’t featured. Play Feels at my wedding. Heck, play it at my funeral. Live funky, die funky.

I’m a bit passionate about this song. Hopefully you are too. If you aren’t, give it a few more plays. Don’t resist.

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