Boston’s @GillianHeidi returns with heartfelt and relatable “waves”

GILLIAN HEIDI, “waves”

With every release that I hear from Gillian Heidi, I hear growth, whether it’s in her vocal or songwriting.  In “waves”, it’s a little of both, a really tight and well-rounded song that ponders the pressures of becoming an adult, often feeling overwhelmed and in this case underneath the waves of life.  Her sound is similar to a lot of pop-folk artists coming out of England.  However with being in America, it seems more apt to compare her to Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo and the like, though she’s probably right in the middle of it all.  “waves” will make you hang on every word and Gillian’s sweet vocal leaves a long, savoury aftertaste.

Published in: on May 6, 2021 at 9:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Boston’s @GillianHeidi returns with largely acoustic, emotional alt.pop of “burnout”

GILLIAN HEIDI, “burnout”

“burnout” is a quiet, emotional alt.pop song that recalls someone who seems to be disenchanted, aimless, and distanced from the people who care about her the most.  You’ve already got to know Boston teen singer/songwriter Gillian Heidi through my blog posts last year about her songs “desperate” and “high”.  While my past comparisons have touched on everyone from Billie Eilish through to Joan Osborne, it’s clear she has actually been innovative within the pop realm that has recently brought the charts back to life with Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license”.  “burnout” has a similar uncertain theme to it, with the protagonist gazing at the stars to ponder what’s to come.  Gillian’s vocal in “burnout” is particularly strong and affecting, always a beneficial tell-tale sign when in a minimal, sombre arrangement.

Published in: on February 20, 2021 at 10:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Boston’s @Gillian_music expands her creativity with “desperate”

GILLIAN HEIDI, “desperate”

This past June, I introduced you to Gillian Heidi (previously known under her first name only) with the memorable alt.pop song “high”. The 16 year old Boston native continues to release songs to show off her unique style with “desperate”. Whereas something like “high” recalled a host of 90’s women vocalists, “desperate” is very current and Gillian taps into her creativity with this one that is more likely to appeal to fans of Billie Eilish, Alessia Cara, and other contemporaries. Her vocal here is passionate and engrossing, making “desperate” an immediate draw, particularly for fans of young women in alt.pop.

Published in: on September 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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