Eilish Gilligan is excited to announce her debut EP, Hospital out this Thursday, November 26.
At every chance Eilish Gilligan gets, she tears down our expectations and provides us an endlessly enticing new jolt of purpose; a self-produced EP was always something of an inevitability.
Before writing the songs that make up her debut EP, Hospital, Eilish was typically guided by collaborations (on previous releases she’s worked with Konstantin Kersting, Jonathan Boulet, Japanese Wallpaper). However, as Eilish began writing, she unexpectedly found herself inspired by turning inward and led to somewhere new. It was a process that would reveal newfound confidence to self-produce this debut EP.
Eilish is expanded and strengthened on Hospital, she showcases the juxtaposition of the two sides of her songwriting; her ambient, ethereal side and her bright theatrical pop-driven leanings.
Opening with ‘When You Are Well’, Gilligan reflects on the complexities of mental health. Gently melancholic, ‘Calling Me Out’ sees Gilligan make an impressive leap to explore her songwriting in a striking new way, her voice is pleading and honest, held steady by a wonderfully delicate and electronic beat. ‘October, December’ is emotionally raw, looking affliction directly in the eye, while Gilligan’s lyrics are as simple as they are crushing.
An expanding, ambient hum builds slowly on ‘Anniversary’ articulating the piercing devastation and defeat of failed relationships past. The quivering richness of Gilligan’s voice reveals her insecurities as she wonders “what the fuck is wrong with me?” ‘Flesh‘ showcases Gilligan’s remarkable evolution as a songwriter and producer, with delicate orchestrations that envelop her yearning vocals and a pitched-down accompaniment. While closing and eponymous track, ‘Hospital’ is a beautiful heartbreaking daydream of selflessly providing space.
Throughout Hospital, Eilish’s clarity and intent steers the listener through these six raw and enriched songs which are anchored in a deeply personal space, while its subtle textures and layers build its complexity.