One of the most unbelievable and noteworthy things about Billie Eilish, outside of her internationally recognized hit “Ocean Eyes,” is her age. At only 15 years old, nothing about the Californian indie pop darling reads as adolescent or immature; her voice carries sultry, her stage presence is powerful and all-encompassing, and her personality screams of a maturity beyond enchanting. She is, for all intents, the center of the music universe right now (if the teenage fans lined up for her shows are any indication, and they should be). Billie, only two years into her young musical career, hit the road this year to tour her first EP, dont smile at me (Interscope Records, 2017), stopping by New York City’s Baby’s All Right on Monday night.
One of the first things that’s apparent when Billie hits the stage, other than the adoration of her fans, is her accompaniment—a single fellow musician, who is soon revealed to be her brother. The charming duo set the scene for an evening full of playful banter, love, and charm. Billie plays to the highs and lows of her music—with one brief and heartwarming solo from Billie’s brother—fluctuating between upbeat tracks like “my boy”, to a beautiful ukulele interlude of “party favor”, to slower melodies like “idontwannabeyouanymore”. While it may read at scattered, each track weaves a story that tells of the intricate/complex nature of Billie’s sound and lyricism (it’s a mixture paralleled by some of today’s top musicians). One thing is for sure, Billie is just getting started on what is slated to be a promising career.