Boy, isn't it a shame that no one makes good, complex music anymore?
Anyone who knows this blog knows we don't actually believe that. There is excellent music being created, and Billie Eilish's latest single - released July 30th, from her 2nd album of the same name - is what we'd use as Exhibit A. It starts off quietly - a cool throwback to 60s vocal-heavy ensembles like The Mamas and The Papas. Getting a real Mama Cass vibe here. At about the 2:30 mark, it smoothly switches genres to be more of a 90s alternative tribute, before really exploding at the 3:00 mark and ending with a huge sonic deconstuction.
Lyrically, it's not a happy song, despite the title. Not only is the music complex, but the words express complex emotion - being happier without someone than with them, and articulating that in a way that captures the true range of emotions related to that.
As with most of her music, this song was co-written by Billie and her brother/producer Finneas. She's only 19, folks. She's likely to have a long career ahead of her, and she's ALREADY flexible enough to reinvent herself.
As you do when you are the biggest star on the planet, it is customary to perform your hit songs on late night talk shows. Which Billie did - last week, on The Tonight Show.