The "bad guy" singer made a powerful statement in an artsy video.
Since first emerging with her single "Ocean Eyes" at a mere 14 years old, Billie Eilish's aesthetic has become almost inextricable from her music.
The anti-pop star's clothing choices are discussed almost as often as her songs, but there's a powerful motive behind her baggy look. In a 2019 Calvin Klein ad, Eilish illustrated why she chooses to dress the way she does: "Nobody can have an opinion [on my body] because they haven't seen what's underneath. Nobody can be like, 'she's slim-thick,' 'she's not slim-thick,' 'she's got a flat ass,' 'she's got a fat ass.' No one can say any of that because they don't know." She's mentioned that she uses fashion as a "defense mechanism" and "security blanket," using it to convey a message about her personality while maintaining a sense of mystery.
But Eilish, who turned 18 a few months ago, made a surprisingly revealing statement at the first show of her Where Do We Go? World Tour in Miami. During an interlude, a video was displayed of Eilish removing her hoodie as she made a powerful statement on sexism she experiences as a public figure.
"You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body," Eilish says in a recording played throughout the arena. "Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it, some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always...And nothing I do goes unseen, so while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I'd never be able to move."
Removing her tank top in the video, Eilish's voice continued: "Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with—is it not what you wanted? If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I'm a sl-t. Though you've never seen my body, you strill judge it and judge me for it. Why?"
As the video ends, Eilish—who's then seen from the waist up in only a bra—slips into a pool of black liquid. Especially considering her fanbase is predominantly young women and girls, it's an important message to get across; women can exist separately from their bodies. The choice to hide it (or not) is entirely up to them, and it shouldn't affect how they're perceived.
Watch the clip below.
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The producer went on Jimmy Fallon to share the everyday noises he used when producing his sister's album.
From the eerie and sometimes comical aesthetics of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? it's evident that Billie Eilish and her producer brother, Finneas O'Connell, have an affinity for offbeat sound effects in the music they make together.
Some of these are obvious, like the slurp of an Invisalign removal that begins the album, or the Office dialogue that pokes through in "my strange addiction." But as O'Connell revealed in his recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the siblings have gotten extra creative with some of the unusual noises they use to make beats.
"[Billie] was at the dentist, and they were like, grinding down," O'Connell explained, sharing that he and his sister both wore Invisalign. "Whatever ASMR is, it's the opposite of that...She came home from one of those appointments, and she was like, 'I recorded it.' And I was like, 'great!' And we put it right in 'bury a friend.'"
The whirring noise of a dental drill can be heard across "bury a friend," helping the track achieve its especially ominous sound. But that wasn't all; O'Connell also explained that the hi-hat ticks of "bad guy" are actually another everyday item.
"When you're on a street corner in Australia, you press the button, and then when the 'walk' sign turns on you hear this kind of rhythmic sound that I loved," he said. "It's got, like, a groove."
Lo and behold, that propulsive "groove" helps drive the hook of "bad guy." It makes you wonder what other everyday sounds are hidden across Eilish's music and makes O'Connell's Producer of the Year Grammy all the more well-deserved.
Check out O'Connell's interview with Fallon and listen to the weird sounds below.
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