Melbourne producer, singer and songwriter Eilish Gilligan has made a big mark over the past couple years, releasing incredible stand-alone singles that showcase the vulnerability of an innate and reflective songwriter coupled with powerful pop production.
From the get go, Eilish was quick to gain airplay and support far and wide; her warm, spectral pop music has earned well-deserved praise from the likes of triple j’s Zan Rowe, Richard Kingsmill and Nick Findlay, full triple j rotation with 2018 single S.M.F.Y (which became one of the most aired songs over the summer), glowing write-ups from Rolling Stone Australia, Red Bull, and NME, a feature on Bandcamp’s homepage, and live supports with local upstarts including Alex Lahey, E^st, Confidence Man, and Woodes.
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.