B for Billie Eilish

B for Billie Eilish

Claudia Maddaluno · 1 year ago · Music

Every time we are overwhelmed by a new phenomenon, we need to define it, give it a name, identify it and compare it to something we already know to try to reduce its complexity. That’s the way we are.

But when we are faced with Billie Eilish every attempt we make goes to shit. And that’s because when we believe we have finally found the key, at the end we realize that it’s only half valid or that it’s not at all.

On the contrary, at just 17 she already knows everything about us.
They say that when someone understand our weaknesses we are completely fucked and so we are when Billie Eilish says that she knows what we are afraid of.

I just love the idea of glorifying people’s biggest fears. You know, people are freaked out by needles, people are freaked out by things under the bed and people are really afraid of the dark … I just really wanted something that’s going to kind of make you jump a little bit” – she said in an interview with NPR.

And we are freaked out by the things we don’t know, like that place where we go when we all fall asleep. But even more we are afraid of the people we can’t define, like her.

Here’s everything we know about Billie Eilish.
She is seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter from LA who started making music in her bedroom when she was 13 by uploading Ocean Eyes, a soul track produced by Finneas O’Connell, her older brother, on Soundcloud. In 2017 she released her debut EP, dont smile at me.

She used to write the titles of her songs in lowercase, she often changes hair color, she likes Tierra Whack, she has 16.3 million followers on Instagram.

But… what do we talk about when we talk about Billie Eilish? This we still do not know.
Does she scare us? Well, in a sense, yes, but we are hopelessly fascinated by her as we are by horror movies, or by the unknown.

After the release of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Billie Eilish was defined as “the new kind of pop star“, “the future“, “global icon” and things like that.
I agree more with something like “Billie Eilish is everything the music needs in the future”, because, although it’s easy to reduce her music to pop, I believe that her debut shows us how uncertain are the borders of her sound.

Across these 14 songs, Billie Eilish talks about Gen-Z’s hunger for reality, mixing pop and electro-pop with folk and EDM. So, somewhere in the album we think we got it: “ok, Billie Eilish makes pop music”, but then she arrives with another track that makes us say “ok, no… this is EDM”, and then another one that… “WTF???”.

The productions are strange and beautiful, sometimes hard and distorted, sometimes warm and delicate. Similarly, sometimes we see her laughing and joking in the interviews, and sometimes we see black pitch dripping from her eyes.

Probably we don’t understand her because she belongs to the post-millennial generation, or to another solar system. But she is real.
She is not a dream, she is not a nightmare. She is Billie Eilish.

From now on, the letter “B” of the music alphabet belongs to her.

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B for Billie Eilish
B for Billie Eilish
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Denise Rashidi and the coloring book about Japan

Denise Rashidi and the coloring book about Japan

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Art

Fernweh is one of those fantastic untranslatable words that often contain a deep meaning. In this case, Fernweh, a German word, means “longing for distance”, that is the feeling that assails us when we want to leave and go as far away from home as possible. 

At least once in our lives, especially in recent months, we have all experienced such a feeling and it is precisely from this overwhelming desire to travel that Denise Rashidi let herself be inspired for her latest work. 

Denise Rashidi is a German illustrator who, during a trip to Japan, was captivated by the beauty of the streets, the particularity of the architecture, so much so that she started drawing them. This is how Daydreaming in Japan was born: A Coloring Book and Travel Adventure, a self-published book with decision makers and dozens of views of Japanese cities and villages to color as you like. 

Obviously, Denise Rashidi also gave her personal interpretation to the illustrations, coloring them with warm, almost neon tones, turning the places into surreal, dreamlike places. 

If you love Japan and have an incredible desire to travel, Daydreaming in Japan: A Coloring Book and Travel Adventure could be your next purchase. 

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Denise Rashidi and the coloring book about Japan
Denise Rashidi and the coloring book about Japan
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“Sneakerhead”, the Netflix series for shoe enthusiasts

“Sneakerhead”, the Netflix series for shoe enthusiasts

Emanuele D'Angelo · 5 days ago · Art

Dear sneakers fans and collectors, Netflix has thought of a series just for you.
Coming out on September 25th, we are talking about “Sneakerhead” a six-episode comic series with Allen Maldonado and Andrew Bachelor, produced by creator Jay Longino.

The protagonist of the series is Devin, a dad with an incredible passion for shoes, but who left the market some time ago. His lifelong friend will convince him to dive into a business deal, definitively awakening his passion.

Waiting for its release, here is the trailer that lasts about two minutes and a half, which in a few hours has made the full consensus counting at the moment over 200,000 views on YouTube.

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“Sneakerhead”, the Netflix series for shoe enthusiasts
“Sneakerhead”, the Netflix series for shoe enthusiasts
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The villa of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is on Airbnb

The villa of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is on Airbnb

Emanuele D'Angelo · 4 days ago · Art

It was September 10, 1990, on television a series destined to have a special place in our adolescence “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” made its debut. 30 years after that beautiful first episode that sucked us into the fantastic and colorful world of Willy, the actors organized a reunion with a very special surprise.

For the 30-year commemorative shoot of the sitcom, Smith gathered in the old mansion of Banks Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Viv), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

In addition to announcing new episodes on HBOMax, the villa where Will Smith shot the sitcom for six years is on Airbnb.
Starting September 29, five people will have the opportunity to book one of the five stays for two people in a wing of Will’s house, available on October 2, 5, 8, 11 and 14.

Reservations are currently limited to Los Angeles Country residents, the cost per night will be only $30.
And it will be Willy himself to open “that hottie of the house“, inside you will find the same furniture of the series, an exclusive collection of sneakers and clothing of the prince used in the series.

Here is the statement released by Airbnb: “the family residence is as luxurious as it appeared in the TV series. Graffiti art, elegant interiors, timeless family portraits and Philadelphia cheese steak served on silver plates will transport you to the heart of luxury. Uncle and Aunt Banks not included.”

The villa of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is on Airbnb
The villa of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is on Airbnb
The villa of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is on Airbnb
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Alex Senna’s street art, made of people and shadows

Alex Senna’s street art, made of people and shadows

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Art

The first time we talked about Alex Senna we focused on the romantic aspect of his works. Now, almost 3 years later, we return to focus on the Brazilian street artist‘s work, paying attention to another aspect of his artwork that has become more and more frequent. 

Since he started, Alex Senna has been filling the cities of the world, from Brazil to Italy, from the United States to Hong Kong, with his murals depicting simple black and white characters, a stylistic choice due to the artist’s colorblindness.

These figures are represented in their everyday life and, like everyone on the street, they too walk, look around, push a bicycle or wait to cross. What makes Alex Senna’s characters out of the ordinary is the point of view, each of them is depicted seen from above, or slightly biased, and to complete the mural their shadow comes overwhelmingly. 

It is precisely the latter that never seems to be missing in Alex’s work and that gives the images a melancholic air: a woman walks dragging her black and dark shadow as if it were a burden to carry around, as if she were hiding all her thoughts and worries. Everyone is free to see in Alex Serra’s shadows what he wants, what makes him happy or sad, carefree or worried. 

Alex Senna’s street art, made of people and shadows
Alex Senna’s street art, made of people and shadows
Alex Senna’s street art, made of people and shadows
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