Sunday, June 27, 2021

Billie Eilish Exudes Sun-kissed Sophistication with Amazon Prime Day Performance

Billie Eilish's newest performance is taking fans on a thirty-minute digital Parisian journey. From living in a luxury apartment to taking a relaxing stroll in the park and admiring the city's streetlights, fans are invited to live vicariously through ‘A Day In Paris’.

Aesthetically, the short film is an absolute dream; the opening scene introduces the golden-vintage hue which graces the majority of the following scenes and complements the pastel-esque colour palette. The cinematography, almost so beautiful it risks being slightly cliche, could be pulled straight from a 1960s romance film. 

Similarly, ‘A Day In Paris’ sees Billie swap out her once ominous, grunge fashion choices for an elegantly chic look, resembling a modern-day Audrey Hepburn. 

Kicking off her series of performances is the 2020 hit, ‘My Future’, as Billie looks out contemplatively over her balcony before dancing carefree in her apartment once the drums kick in. The catchy beat combined with the lyrics Know I'm supposed to be unhappy without someone / But aren’t I someone?” instantly transforms the song from being a private melancholic moment into an open celebration of self-love and independence. 

After Billie leaves her apartment, the insight into her adventures truly begins, as we see her perform in a park, an empty bar, a taxi, and a cinema. The following performances of ‘I Think Therefore I Am’ and ‘Lost Cause’ are both boldly defiant (which is strikingly clear against the fairytale backdrop), claiming Get my pretty name outta your mouth” and “Thought you had your shit together but damn I was wrong / You ain’t nothin but a lost cause”. These two tracks add a certain grit to the picturesque setting, and act as a perfect reminder that Billie is still very much in control and not to be reckoned with, despite this newfound sweet and gentle sophistication.

The band, consisting of guitarist Finneas, and drummer Andrew Marshall, sound amazing, both on the playful full-band ‘All The Good Girls Go To Hell’ as well as the stripped-back acoustic ‘Your Power’, which beautifully closes the show. Vocally, Billie provides effortless riffs and runs and fun, quirky adlibs, making her performance both technically brilliant and thoroughly entertaining. 

The additional easter-egg details such as Billie’s upcoming album, ‘Happier Than Ever’, imitating a film at the cinema, make the cinematic performances feel all-encompassing like it's a world of its own. Billie has clearly demonstrated her ability to entertain thousands of people across the world countless times, but ‘A Day In Paris’ shows just how far her creativity and talent can stretch in the world of cinema too.

Rachel Feehan

@rachiefee @rachel_feehan

Image: Kelia Anne MacCluskey

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