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Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry – film review

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Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

Dir. R.J. Cutler

Apple Original Films

Runtime: 140 min

Now Available on Apple TV+

R.J. Cutler’s new film charts the meteoric rise of modern pop music’s most interesting icon. Elliott Simpson reviews.

Documentaries about pop stars are rarely good. Most of the time they feel like little more than promotional material; something to keep them in fans’ minds in-between album cycles. R.J. Cutler’s new film The World’s A Little Blurry is an exception to that rule – if only because the pop star it examines feels like an exception herself. While opinions on Billie Eilish and her music remain divisive, there’s no denying that she’s been a breath of fresh air in the music world.

Her first album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? managed to carve out its own sound while also taking inspiration from familiar places. Building off the moodiness of other pop stars such as Lorde, while also pulling influence from other genres such as trap, it felt like the push forward that pop music needed. It’s impressive just how huge the album was as well, catapulting Eilish to an inescapable level of fame.

Even more refreshing was the way the album was produced. In a world where it feels like most pop songs have ten different writers and producers, every song on the album was written and produced by Billie and her brother Finneas. And in his childhood bedroom, no less. This all provides The World’s A Little Blurry with enough material to work with to help it stand out from other music documentaries. In it, Cutler documents Eilish’s rise to fame from the production process of that album all the way up to its sweep at the Grammy Awards last year.

It’s fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes process of the album’s making, stripping away much of the mystique around music production. It’s humbling, in its own strange way, to know that the album was almost exclusively recorded in a bedroom with a computer, microphone, and few instruments. The duo’s minimalist approach to production is shown best by their process for No Time To Die, Eilish’s theme for the ever-delayed James Bond film, which she and her brother managed to bash out over a few days while on tour.

The primary focus of the album though is Billie Eilish’s fame and all the weight that comes with it. It’s surprising how unattractively Cutler chooses to portray it, with Eilish constantly being weighed down by the pressure of her fans and her fear of letting them down. It’s a huge amount of pressure for anyone – let alone a teenager.

At times it seems like the film is making a bigger statement about young pop stars and, well, just how much is okay? Justin Bieber – Eilish’s childhood idol – pops up in the film several times, and it’s hard not to draw a parallel between the two of them. Though the film ends things on a positive note, it does leave you with a weighing sense of anxiety about the film’s star.

If you’re not a fan of Eilish’s music, The World’s a Little Blurry probably won’t change your mind, but at the very least it’ll help you understand the phenomenon a bit more. It works because it doesn’t just feel like something for the fans, more a dissection of what it means to be a pop star in the modern world. While it is a little bloated at two and a half hours, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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You can find Billie Eilish online here.

All words by Elliott Simpson. You can find more writing by Elliott for Louder Than in his author’s archive and other work in his portfolio

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HOL: The Dawn Chapter : petrichor – single review

HOL

The Dawn Chapter : petrichor

DL / Streaming from 15th January

Blackpool based, 17 year old HOL (aka Hollie Findlay) is talented beyond her years. After releasing an EP, Cloud 9, in 2019, her first studio album is due in mid February. The Chapters, will feature 6 pairs of songs which cover the journey, of a young teen as they move into the adult world.

Ahead of this, The Dawn Chapter : petrichor; combining the tracks The Girl I Used To Be and 21st Century Teen will be released on 15th January.

HOL sings, writes and produces her own work. Born in Athens Greece in 2003, she grew up on the island of Kefalonia, Greece but split her early teens between the UK and Greece, performing since the age of 14.

Although it may be true I’m not the target audience for HOL; it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate what she brings to the table. There is an openness and maturity in her songs which will speak to many. Highlighted here on the searching yet catchy and upbeat 21st Century Teen.

The natural reaction may be to make comparisons to other female artists who have emerged in their mid to late teens. That said, the tracks I’ve heard speak from the heart and deal with day to day life without looking for revenge like a certain Ms Swift or purporting herself as bad or a wanna be gangster like Ms Eilish.

HOL has already received some exposure and well deserved acclaim through Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and Radio X. If there is any justice, more will follow with this release and the album next month.

For more HOL head to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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All words by Iain Key. See his Author Profile here author’s archive or on Twitter as @iainkey.

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Billie Eilish Announced for ‘No Time To Die’ Title Song

The new James Bond Film ‘No Time To Die’ will feature music by Billie Eilish

LOS ANGELES, January 14, 2020 — EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM), and Universal Pictures International today announced that Billie Eilish will sing the theme song for the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die.  

 

The song will be released on Darkroom/Interscope Records. No Time To Die is in theatres globally from 2 April 2020 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on April 10, from MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner.

The 18-year-old multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® Award nominated Billie Eilish has written the title song with her elder brother; fellow multi GRAMMY® Award nominated FINNEAS. Billie Eilish is the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song.

 

“We are excited to announce that Billie and FINNEAS have written an incredibly powerful and moving song for No Time To Die, which has been impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film,” said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of No Time To Die.

Eilish said, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor.  James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock”.  FINNEAS adds, “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live And Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

*press release courtesy of High Rise PR

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Weekly Gems 135

milk. – I Hate the Way You’re Looking at Me (Lately)

milk.

Hot on the heels of The 1975 is Dublin-born alt-pop quartet, milk.. Their bright new offering, ‘I Hate the Way You’re Looking at Me (Lately)’ is full of looping synths, catchy riffs and lulling vocals that immediately lure you in for more.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Japanese House, No Rome

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Benji Lewis – Stay Around

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis has been busy songwriting during 2020. Written with his new friend Tom Eggert and bonding over their love of home-made smoothies, ‘Stay Around’ is about the progression of love in every subsequent relationship.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, Lauv, Boy In Space, Zachary Knowles

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Asha Gold – Oscar

Asha Gold

UK R&B artist Asha Gold shares new single ‘Oscar’. It’s written about award-winning liars and cheats who deserve to be called out for their deception and good-for-nothing behaviour.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean, Rosalia

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Solå – B Mine

Solå

Norwegian songwriter Solå strongly encourages us to value ourselves in new single ‘B Mine’. It’s a hazy piece of electro-pop that perfectly showcases her talent as both a intricate songwriter and performer.

Sounds like: Shura, Dagny, Chvrches, Empress Of, MUNA

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whatshisface – Magic Disaster

whatshisface

Intriguing newcomer whatshisface is on the precipice of jumping into our hearts. His new single ‘Magic Disaster’ is a gloriously melancholic invitation, brimming with dense and warming aesthetics, creating an altogether sweeping atmosphere.

Sounds like: James Blake, George Gretton, Billie Eilish

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Mungbean – Slow Motion

Mungbean

Introducing eclectic Ohio-based outfit Mungbean. Performed as only seasoned performers would, new single ‘Slow Motion’ has layered and heavy synths to accelerate the track’s dreamy and kaleidoscopic intention.

Sounds like: Snarls, The Naked And Famous

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