Indie electro-pop has fresh, young face and it’s that of Billie Eilish.
Los Angeles-based Eilish has garnered attention for her tracks such as “Six Feet Under” and “Ocean Eyes”. She has a voice that’s a refreshing mix of soft gentleness and confident smoothness. It’s distinctive and reassuring. Recently she released a track “Bellyache”, which got a reworking by the songwriter/producer duo Marian Hill of “Down” fame. This collaboration elevated this track to levels that has rendered me absolutely speechless.
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Billie Eilish’s otherworldly, fluid voice and Marian Hill’s talents lead to an undeniably really, really good remix.
The original “Bellyache” had a distinctive Billie Eilish mix of harmonies and her ethereal vocals. However it was a bit more ballad-y with the verses backed by a simple acoustic guitar and drumbeat. It’s simple and haunting. Marian Hill, who have an impressive repertoire under their belt, put their own distinctive spin to the track, bringing a certain multifaceted eclectic-ness to it.
The beat has been completely reworked, and the vocals have been slowed down a touch, resulting in a darker sounding track. The bass has been turned all the way up and the beat is deep and broody and slightly synth-y as well. It’s snappy and somehow manages to be both subdued yet in-your-face at the same time.
The pre-chorus is synth heavy and builds up and drops, flowing into the chorus, which is probably the most distinctively Marian Hill-esque part of this song. The vocals are distorted and modulated in the way that Marian Hill knows best. The bass is dark and dangerous. I just think we really need to take a moment and really appreciate the production value of this whole thing. It’s super clean and seductively dark with certain spots of brightness cut in, leading to a super refreshing sound.
Billie Eilish’s otherworldly, fluid voice and Marian Hill’s talents lead to an undeniably really, really good remix. It’s got the deep bass vibes that can belong in a club, yet it also has an emotive exquisiteness to it as well. It’s truly a piece of art and I can only hope the two electro-pop powerhouses collaborate on another track one day.
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