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Faith No More "The Real Thing": a thing for all time
After a long pause, the band Faith No More reunited to record "Sol Invitus", but this year we would like to celebrate the anniversary of the most punchy album of…

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“As if he doesn’t do anything”: about the Billy Ailish phenomenon

Why should serious adult music fans respect an eighteen-year-old American pop star? Sort out.

Not a day goes by without news of Billy Irish. Yes, it is Ailish: “who-what” – declension with a zero ending. Women’s surnames do not incline to the consonant. And Billie, this one, Ailish, is female. Just so that it doesn’t appear in the first comment — “who is this?”. Audience stereo.ru very likes to flaunt ignorance of modern pop stars.
By the way, I’m not a fan of modern hits either. For 20 years I wrote about music, everything in General, except the classics, so as soon as it became possible not to follow the current musical situation, I immediately gave up on this business — and began to listen almost exclusively to classics, jazz and some Suede.Well, Yes, blessed is he who does not know Billy Ailish. She’s fucked up. I chose a picture of a Russian girl for the cover of Vogue. She came to the Grammys with nails that were unreal long, extended, fetishistic like a normal Russian prostitute’s.On our portal, in a lot of news about the singer, and even just at the mention of her name, there is always an adult commentator who — “who is this?”and” I listened, it didn’t go, I’m getting old, probably.” Probably. Possible. Anything can happen. But there are facts.Those who are not in the tank know that 18-year-old singer Billy Ailish cut down a lot of Grammys this year. A couple of years ago, her album topped the Apple Music charts. Now she has published a song for the next “bond”. I don’t remember that much younger star so I would get in James bond films. Adele doesn’t count — after all, she’s been cooking in this party for a long time, and this case was entrusted to her, so to speak, not immediately.All of us are not getting younger, what can I say? Ailish has something to hate for the older generation-30+. For example, for this manner of whispering, which is clearly born of the fact that music is now mostly listened to in streaming services on a smartphone with plug-in headphones.The Internet is full of explanations for the Billy Ailish phenomenon. Including analysis of her singing style by vocalists and vocal teachers. Russian people need to explain this, because our main value is the proverbial “voice”. To be loud and pretentious. And all sorts of melisms-subtones – this is so, bullshit, “so I can”. Really?..But we have our own expertise. I am not a vocalist myself, so I asked Elena Kuznetsova, an iconic Moscow vocal teacher, to comment on this issue.”Everyone knows who Billie is,”Lena, the Creator of the Vocal magic school, begins with an indisputable thesis. — And everyone sees it from their bell tower, understanding in their own way some part of this phenomenon.So I will say that I saw it through the eyes of a producer and a teacher at the same time. Through the eyes of someone who is looking for an understanding of how it was done and how it can be explained to someone else.In my opinion, she has found a new way of performing. After all, before it, the feed was clearly directed from the artist to the listener. The artist broadcasts his message without thinking about “relevance”. His job is to bring art to the masses.But in the era of information overload, the listener no longer wants to be imposed on. He wants to find, hear, and feel for himself.”So what exactly does Billy do? “It does not penetrate the space in front of it with sound, but falls into itself. As I say to <students> – ” in myasko”, in the most tender part of my soul. And this makes the sound spread out like ripples on water. Unobtrusively, intimately, carefully.Hence the effect: <as if> does nothing, but you want to listen endlessly.In General, this can be done by others — the technique is clear. But not everyone has the strength and intention to sing like that. This is an extreme concentration of the “star ” level!”And such a big professional is a real star. And that’s great. Because the Billy Ailish phenomenon shows that music still matters to the widest audience. That this is not the entertainment of marginals who do not have money for a movie ticket to a colorful blockbuster or a trip to a football match. But until recently, it seemed that all of us, music lovers – in the ghetto. An no. Thank you, sister.

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