It’s rare that we understand the way the teenager’s mind works, especially through the art of music. Adults most likely stereotype teenagers as either reckless or absolutely careless, those who only care about themselves as they are entirely consumed by their own emotions, and it’s simply because we don’t understand what’s going on in their heads. However, Billie Eilish brings a whole new perspective as she allows us to delve into the mind of her 15 year-old self with her debut EP, dont smile at me.

The EP, released August of 2017, features eight songs, those of which were written by both Eilish and her 20 year-old brother Finneas O’Connell, who also produced the EP (say hello to another teenager/millennial stereotype eradicated!). The songs themselves very much reflect what Eilish has gone through throughout her teenhood, from discovering who you really are, to her insecurities, to being a psychopath, and then finally, to falling in (and out of) love.

dont smile at me is a bit of everything, being mostly alternative/indie but also having a lot of R&B influences, clearly shown in idontwannabeyouanymore and my boy, however Eilish very much brings out the art pop and electropop essence of the EP as well. The EP itself begins with the heavy beats of COPYCAT, with her soulful voice absolutely setting the mood as she prepares us for the ride. The lyrics are witty in its sense, talking about truly finding yourself through being other people, and in this case, other people are trying to find themselves through Eilish. Through the heavy drop in the chorus, she is creating a sort of warning against the said copycat. The EP then takes a turn when idontwannabeyouanymore comes next, bringing a whole different atmosphere compared to COPYCAT. It’s a lot softer, not only in the sense of its music, but as well as the lyrics and meaning. Where in the first track she is talking about being yourself, this time she is talking about her own insecurities, allowing herself to be vulnerable. Finneas O’Connell without a doubt did a great job with the arrangement of these songs, as Eilish brings out her true self in the lyrics, he accompanies the case with the atmospheric beats in the background.

Every song in the EP brings out its own sense of individuality. They are incredibly distinctive from one another, especially seen when the EP takes a turn in party favor, where O’Connell takes a break from his heavy drops to simply a ukulele. Yet, despite all this, you can still tell it’s Eilish’s song, because the lyrics are hers as they are still the same clever remarks against the boy she is talking about in the song. It’s ironic, really, how there’s a happy and cheery tune playing on the ukulele, and yet the lyrics are nothing but soft, evident in the sarcasm found here and there. Eilish undoubtedly leaves an impression when you finish the EP, which is finished off with hostage, the perfect song to end this EP. It has a very calm mood, her voice accompanied with a guitar and O’Connell’s similarly soothing voice. It’s a complete contrast to COPYCAT, seeing how the journey of listening to this EP begins roughly with her intimidation, and finally ends with a much softer song that still possesses the darkness of the lyrics.

dont smile at me has definitely left a mark, and it’s going to be interesting what Billie Eilish has in store for us in the future. Whatever it is, it is undeniably going to be a riveting and unforgettable ride.