Billie Eilish and her brother are making some pretty different stuff. My wife and son are really into her and it's kind of piqued my interest, because it's just so... dark? It's definitely different.
A little context: She's 17. Anything you hear of hers was done when she was 15. In fact Ocean Eyes was recorded when she was 13 (!)
Her brother is her producer/mix engineer. He makes all the music from the two bedroom home they were raised in.
Rather than singing about hoeing and literally sucking dicks (seriously, my niece stayed over a few weeks ago and was listening to some real horrid mainstream shit, it's literally all about riding/sucking dick, but blanketed under heavy metaphor so it can be sold to 8 year old girls, it's fucking horrific) her lyrics are well written, and often circle around pain/depression/anxiety, with a bit of fantasy violence thrown in for good measure.
Here's a brief window into their creative process:
And here are some of the stand-out tracks that I hear around the house
I dunno, besides the dark melodies, the interesting (and frankly, for pop, quite sophisticated) note choices, it just feels more honest and more real than most other shit Got a nice dark retro 80's feel.
Maybe it just stands out to me because it's not some stick-thin ex-Disney Channel puppet dolled up like a stipper singing about dicks...
Or maybe... maybe it's because she's got popular enough to be live on Jimmy Fallon singing her latest song, which happens to be about having a psychotic break and murdering all her friends...