【英語島讀書會】天籟歌聲也嘻哈?Billie Eilish唱出科技時代的陰鬱

Billie Eilish的音樂象徵所有大人都搞不懂的Z世代流行文化:沒有明確定位卻注重自身形象;強烈的網路形象卻在乎隱私。她的歌不是陳腔濫調;正好相反,任何主題都能編成她的歌。她的歌詞會圍繞在焦慮、真誠、及混合了青少年獨有的冷漠人際EQ。這些元素混入了Eilish的音樂,創造出屬於後現代社會的現象。由於處在這樣的世代,Eilish感受自己正面臨世界末日,世界的未來正岌岌可危。「我很關心這個世界的動向,像是全球暖化、動物議題,以及這個世界是怎麼毀滅的,但我卻覺得沒有人真的認知到這些事。」她說。

Her music, as well as her style, is accomplished through absolute art which makes it difficult to pin to a specific time period or reference. "I don't want to be in the pop world." she said.

她的音樂和個人風格,都滲入了完全的藝術,因此,難以受到時代定義或輕易被貼上標籤。「我不想跟隨流行。」她說道。

寬鬆的衣服是她成名的特色

Billie Eilish is also famous for her iconic baggy outfits, like baggy pants and neon Louis Vuitton tracksuits. "If I were a guy and I were wearing these baggy clothes, nobody would bat an eye. There's people out there saying, 'Dress like a girl for once! Wear tight clothes you'd be much prettier and your career would be so much better!' No! It wouldn't. It literally would not." she said.

Billie Eilish以穿著寬鬆的衣服著名,像是鬆垮垮的褲子和LV尼龍的寬鬆運動服。「如果我是男的,穿成這樣,大概不會有人甩我一眼。但總是有人會說:『穿得女性一點吧!穿上緊身的衣服,你會比較漂亮,事業也會一帆風順。』嘖!才沒有這回事,我穿成怎樣才不會我的事業。」她說。

In the meantime, she challenges normative expectations of what a female pop star can sound like, look like, and say publicly. She is a living possibility that a woman in pop music doesn't have to push sexuality in order to build her reputation and be successful.

同時,她挑戰了一般社會對流行女星期待的音樂風格、個人形象、甚至公眾發言都不受拘束。Billie Eilish本身就證明了流行女星不必賣弄風騷,也能夠獲得名聲與成就。

*本文收錄於英語島English Island 2019年6月號