Billie Eilish fires a warning shot on ‘you should see me in a crown’
She might be 16 years old, but there is absolutely no denying that if anyone is the future of pop music, it’s BILLIE EILISH. Since her breakout a few years back with ‘Ocean Eyes’, she’s been catapulted to worldwide fame thanks to her incredible voice, her penchant for progressive, futuristic pop stylings and her hilarious personality on social media. Australia is just one of the many countries she’s performed in over the past 18 months, and one of the many countries that has fallen head over heels in love with her. Having just played Laneway at the start of the year with two sold out shows, plus sold out shows late last year as well, she’s set to come back to support FLORENCE + THE MACHINE at a couple of her Australian shows, and is showing absolutely no signs of stopping any time soon.
With her previous single featuring KHALID titled ‘lovely’ now platinum in Australia, Eilish is back for more with another intoxicating single, ‘you should see me in a crown’. Maintaining her total badass energy and her “Don’t fuck with me” approach, she sings through gritted teeth and rolling eyes, almost threatening the listener to just try and suggest she doesn’t deserve the crown. Over a bass-y, futuristic beat, Eilish gets back in touch with her hip-hop influences which we’ve heard previously thanks to her collaborations with VINCE STAPLES and the aforementioned Khalid single, but its stronger than ever before here. Her softly sung croons are all but gone, and instead are replaced with intimidating, spoken-word verses before her growls kick into gear in the hook.
She’s always been a masterful lyricist, and thanks to her longtime collaborator/tour mate/producer and brother, FINNEAS O’CONNELL keeping up with her rapidly evolving artistic direction, the pair once again strike gold with this latest single. With word out that she’s working on an album, I am desperately hoping Eilish continues to double down on these sounds because I cannot get enough. Equal parts intoxicating and foreboding, she fires more than a few warning shots in this song signalling that she’s coming for the top – you best get out of her way.
Words by Emma Jones