4 Records To Own If You Love Billie Eilish Vinyl
Billie Eilish has redefined what a pop star can do and how to do it since 2015, shining light on many dark corners of growing up in the digital age. As one of the biggest stars in the music-verse, Billie’s records expertly balance her anti-hero story with respectful nods to the artists who came before.
If you love to love the bad guy, these 4 records deserve a spot next to her in your own vinyl record collection.
Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Way back in 1996, Fiona Apple made waves with her debut album Tidal, mocking the manic pixie dream girl the industry wanted her to be with her top 40 hit “Criminal”. She made even bigger waves at the 1997 MTV Awards in an acceptance speech, telling the audience “This world is bullshit. And you shouldn't model your life—wait a second—you shouldn't model your life about what you think that we think is cool and what we're wearing and what we're saying and everything. Go with yourself.”
Few artists have gone with themselves as completely as Apple, and her 2020 Fetch The Bolt Cutters vinyl is full to overflowing with her singular voice. For a crash-course in Fiona Apple, run, do not walk to hear “Shameika”. You’re welcome.
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St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home
Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, has never made apologies for her ambitious pop masterpieces. While some listeners might be surprised at the dissonance in her work, she suggests they suffer from “the subtle sexism of lowered expectations.”
On 2020’s Daddy’s Home vinyl, Clark takes control again, this time weaving R&B influences and her trademark howl to own the story of her father’s recent release from prison. Although she has performed on Saturday Night Live and toured with megastars like Muse and David Byrne (Talking Heads) and dated model/actress Cara Delevingne, she’s anything but mainstream. For a taste of her magnificent work, put on the title track “Daddy’s Home”.
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The Wild Reeds – Cheers
If you like digging a little deeper for great artists just below the radar, look no further than The Wild Reeds’ Cheers vinyl. Hailing from Los Angeles, this five-piece mostly-girl band features the three distinct voices of Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe, and Sharon Silva.
While other records in this collection represent women with singular voices, Cheers makes room for each of its three leads to tell their own stories and finds the beauty in the tension and contradictions. Clever production and strong songs make this record a winner from top to bottom. If you’re feeling low and think you just might not make it through the week, drop the needle on “Lose My Mind”.
The Wild Reeds vinyl is available now.
Maggie Rogers – Heard It In A Past Life
Fans of strong voices and killer song after killer song are rightly calling Maggie Rogers one of the strongest new writers of the last 5 years. Her hit single “Alaska” rocketed into view after she played the song during a songwriting masterclass led by superstar producer Pharrell Williams. If you haven’t seen this clip of Pharrell reacting to the song, now is the time! Skip to the 1:15 minute mark to see him make the face we all made when we first heard this chorus hit.
Her 2019 Heard It In A Past Life vinyl is no one-hit wonder. Rogers is a voice to follow for years to come, as she continues to defy expectations and write beautiful tunes about the everyday parts of living.
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