In 2015, 13-year-old Billie Eilish released a song called “Ocean Eyes” on SoundCloud which was co-written and produced by his older brother, Finneas O’Connell. On 200,000 testimonies heard “Ocean Eyes” in just two weeks. In 2017, she released her first EP, “Don’t Smile at Me”, who did not. 14 on the Billboard 200. But it was his first album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” released in March 2019, which truly catapulted Eilish into stardom. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and won Eilish five Grammy Awards in 2019, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best. new artist, making her the youngest artist and first woman ever. winning all four major Grammy categories in the same year.
Billie Eilish’s documentary ‘The World’s a Little Blurry’ directed by RJ Cutler was released on February 25, 2021 on AppleTV. The two-hour-and-twenty-minute documentary delves into every aspect of the making of his debut album, the tour that follows, and everything in between. The film takes us into the very mundane house that Eilish shares with her brother, mother, and father. Her brother Finneas is an integral part of Eilish’s musical process, from co-writing and producing to mixing and mastering. The album was made entirely in Finneas’ bedroom, showing the sibling dynamic of complementing each other perfectly.
The film portrays Eilish in a very candid light: a young adult struggling with not wanting to mess up, not feeling good enough, and trying her best to deal with her newfound fame. The most fascinating part of the documentary is how often you are simultaneously reminded and forgotten that she is only 17 doing everything she does. You see her writing and recording the new James Bond theme song, while coping with injury, exhaustion and the presence of her friends. Performing sold-out shows in New York City while trying to get over a breakup, Billie Eilish continued to surprise and impress people with her maturity and normalcy to accomplish whatever she set out to accomplish.
The part of music Eilish loves the most is singing, and the documentary deeply showcases her jaw-dropping vocal ability which has been the most watched. His talent for harmonizing, his ability to never be toned or out of tune and the way his voice moves with the rhythm of his songs. The documentary goes “behind the scenes” of the creation of most of the songs on the album. Everyday sounds are hidden in “Bad Guy”, Billie’s honesty debate in “Listen Before I Go” and the raw harmonies between her and Finneas in “I Love You”. It was amazing to see the process of creating an album that everyone knows but had no idea what was in it to make it.
Whatever you know or don’t know about Billie Eilish, the film takes you into parts of her life that no one has seen before. From breaking up with a boyfriend no one knew she had, to getting her learner’s license, to injuring her ankles from jumping too much on stage, he shares his experiences going through the different stages of his life. As she wraps up a tour, she goes straight to playing a full set at Coachella within days. Eilish shines in her unfiltered mentality with the way she approaches every aspect of her career. This documentary reaffirmed to all who watch that Billie Eilish has earned her place in the spotlight, and all her best is yet to come.