Eilish Gilligan is a songwriter from Melbourne. Her first single for 2018, S.M.F.Y., is a pop song struck by lightning. Produced alongside Japanese Wallpaper and inspired by the elastic production of Bleachers and the writing prowess of Lorde, S.M.F.Y. is a unique, double- take offering from this little pop prodigy.
2018 has already been a mammoth couple of months for Eilish. S.M.F.Y was added to full rotation on triple j upon its release, and was one of the most-played songs on the station throughout summer. She has received full support from triple j Unearthed, being named both an Artist To Watch in 2018 and Feature Artist in the month of February. She was also featured on htmlflowers’s latest single Spirit Double.
Eilish’s 2017 singles ‘The Feeling’ and ‘Creature of Habit’ have received airplay across triple j, Double J, ABC Radio National and Unearthed, and community stations across the country. She was also announced as a finalist in triple j’s Lorde RMX competition on triple j Breakfast with Ben and Liam.
Her warm, spectral pop has earned well-deserved praise from triple j’s Zan Rowe, Nick Findlay and Richard Kingsmill, as well as glowing write-ups from Rolling Stone Australia, Red Bull Sound Select, NME, I OH YOU, Pilerats and more. Eilish has played in Japanese Wallpaper’s live band nationally and internationally, and shared lineups across the country with Alex Lahey, Mallrat, Woodes, E^ST, Confidence Man and more.
There is an athleticism to Eilish’s performance – you can tell there’s craft there, a certain training and sense of discipline that’s hard to cultivate without years of work. There is power in her vocals, but restraint, too; She knows that an emotional gutting is done better with a whisper than with a yell. Her masterful sense of control brings to mind Bat For Lashes & Kate Bush – like both those iconic pop auteurs, Eilish has a keen sense of how deeply devastating a lone voice and some synths can be.