It's Friday, so you know what that means, right!? It means it's time to get down with your moody, bad self and Billie Eilish
's new collaboration with Vince Staples
. The precocious Eilish, at only 15 years old, has already taken the music world by storm, and the premiere of "&burn" with Vince Staples is her first new music since she released her EP Don't Smile At Me
back in August.
"&burn" is a moody track that opens up downtempo, with Eilish flexing her ability to evoke big emotions through gloomy pop vocals. She's drawn comparisons to Lorde before, and you can really hear where people are coming from with that statement in the first half of the song. Under the hushed, melancholic verses there's an emotional dexterity and vocal range that displays a greater maturity than 15 years old.
The chorus midway through the song is catchy as all hell, as the track switches over to Staples' feature with an uptempo beat and some glitchy vocals. Staples' verse is a real testament to his progression over the last year, as he takes a more subtle, R&B-inspired approach to his rapping. I don't know if it's truly an appropriate comparison to draw, but it sounds like there's a little bit of Drake in Staples, an emotional depth to his lyricism and singing that we saw earlier this year in Big Fish Theory
"&burn" is the result of two songs being merged into one according to Eilish, and the blend is seamless and perfect. It's certainly a sign of good things to come for the young artist, though I can't really get over how big a step it is for Staples as well. It's exciting to see him expanding his range and skill set, and it leaves me hopeful that we'll be hearing more like this from the two of them in the future.