In the midst of a world tour, Billie Eilish released a pair of guitar-rich songs that did not receive any pageantry that usually accompanies a major-label pop release.
On the last leg of her world tour this year, Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever tour is about to slam into Asia’s largest region covering six cities – Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Seoul and Singapore. It’s hard to avoid this region for many reasons, but considering a maximum seating capacity of 203,269 all combined, Eilish is making her first pit stop at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.
Earlier last month, the mould-breaking 20-year-old pop phenomenon made an intimate appearance in front of a vast crowd of 21,000 — a show magnifying both arena awe and appetizing detail — at AO Arena in Manchester.
A few weeks later, she became the youngest ever solo Glastonbury headliner.
The digital age sets a new precedence in testing new tracks before release. At the live shows, Eilish and her producer brother, Finneas, debuted a brand new song titled TV – one that was immediately edited to release with its official lyric video on YouTube recently. Fittingly, the melody of each line seems to tumble, each one a crumbling empire delivered in her tremulous, feather-light voice. “Maybe I’m the problem,” she sings endlessly, which might feel a bit self-flagellating at first.
To listen to Eilish’s new song TV, click the image below.
But then, maybe, the point of it all emerges: the acoustic recording blends with the sound of the crowd from the Manchester show, an echo bounced back from the crowd, who wasted little time sending the internet in a wild frenzy. Building from sympathy to a sort of staunch communion, their shared helplessness gets louder and louder.
This song blends with some of the sonority from the Happier Than Ever album featuring conventional themes — such as heartbreak and glamour — than its 2019’s gothic, carnivalesque creation of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
What you want to see at the concert wouldn’t be just the big bulldozing sound system of her considerable realist remarks typical of Eilish, but for the ummph in bass and bonhomie. Most pop concerts don’t give you this level of sonority.
On Billie Eilish’s recent European tour she has said she was struck by the dissonance between the euphoric crowds and the desolate news coming from her native US.
“I would mention some stuff about the state of home and it was just so weird to be in a place where they weren’t having to deal with that,” she told Apple Music. “Then I was thinking back to everyone at home and just being like, ‘Wow, what the fuck? What’s going on?’”
With her black tears, Tourette syndrome and green roots, the U.S pop superstar Billie Eilish is an uncommon star. The mainstream culture anchors on the stuff of nightmares and therapy sessions. Now 20, Eilish has bagged seven major Grammys and an Oscar.
ASIA & AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES
While Impact Arena in Bangkok will host the least seats in Asia (3,600), Kuala Lumpur National Stadium (Malaysia) is the largest venue to host one single seating of 87,411. So far, 12 dates have been announced for Australia alone. SOLD OUT venues include Perth (30 Sept), and all three dates at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney.
13 Aug: Philippines – Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay.
15 Aug: S. Korea – Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul.
18 Aug: Malaysia – Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.
21 Aug: Singapore – Spore National Stadium, Spore.
24 Aug: Thailand – Impact Arena, Bangkok.
26 Aug: Japan – Ariake Arena, Tokyo.
8-10 Sept: New Zealand – Spark Arena, Auckland.
13-15 Sept: Australia – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney.
17-19 Sept: Australia – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane.
22-26 Sept: Australia – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
29-30 Sept: Australia – RAC Arena, Perth.
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