In this video we see black latex covered hands that reach out and grope at the woman that sings “what do you want from me” and “I want to end me”. Her hair blue grey face pale and eyes all black. Her shirt is ripped from her and back stabbed with needles, she stumbles down hallways with ankles that bend unnaturally, floats or simply lays under a bed. This music clip looks to be straight out of any horror movie. Is ‘Bury a friend’ questioning where we go when we sleep, what do we do? OR, in Billie’s own words, it is the “perspective of the monster under your bed” (Cited Eilish 2019, Kojo) and that monster is a representation of herself? You can really consider all scenarios when looking at this clip and listening to the haunting music.
Eilish’s style is a mix of gore, shock and horror. Her music is poppy and catchy, yet sinister and disturbing. She likes to play on scary concepts and fears in her visuals (Schocket, 2019) and her clips are her way of playing with what scares her the most as it is a feeling she enjoys.Honestly, I find most of her ominous music to be utterly beautiful and peaceful to listen to. Even on its own without the video clip, the tune, her altered voice, and even the lyrics have you on edge and I just love it. It makes me wonder if it would be worth adding some for of sound to my installation to intensify the atmosphere that engulfs my installation.
Kojo, 2019, Billie Eilish’s “bury a friend’ Lyrics Meaning, published Janurary 30, edited March 31, viewed April 4, https://www.songmeaningsandfacts.com/billie-eilishs-bury-a-friend/
Schocket, R 2019,A Brief Explainer of Billie Eilish for those of you who don’t know who she is, published March 31, viewed April 4, https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanschocket2/who-is-billie-eilish-who-is-billie-eilish?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bffbbuzzfeed&ref=bffbbuzzfeed