What were you doing when you were 15? I've tried my hardest to block those horrendously awkward years out of my memory, but something tells me I was nowhere near as cool as Los Angeles-based pop prodigy Billie Eilish
. She can't even drive a car, but she's dropping some of the catchiest songs of the summer and preparing to head out on her first ever nationwide tour.
Eilish has been writing music since she was 8 years old, but is finally breaking out into the mainstream this year. "Ocean Eyes" was the song that started it all, clocking in at about 15 million plays on Spotify. Her tender vocals and honest lyrics are the main attractions on this dreamy single, but Eilish has a darker side to her as well. The fiery club hit "Bellyache" is reminiscent of Halsey's "Castle" or Lorde's "Royals" - playful and edgy with surprisingly sharp songwriting.
The 15-year-old proves there's more to her effortless pop style than meets the eye on the first two singles from her upcoming debut EP, dont smile at me,
out August 11. "Copycat" is easily her hardest hitting song yet, with a bass line so heavy it shakes the floor. She continues to show off her layers of artistic complexity with companion track "watch," a slow-burning ballad built on a foundation of ambient drums and heartfelt lyrics. Her vocal tone is so versatile, making the transition from melancholy melodies to dark-pop dance hits nearly seamless. Despite her youth, Eilish writes with the confidence of a seasoned pro. There's no way I could have come up with a line as beautiful as "I'll sit and watch your car burn with a fire that you started in me" when I was her age.