SINGLE REVIEW: Eilish Gilligan – S.M.F.Y.


Over the last year Melbourne singer-songwriter Eilish Gilligan has been delivering us some alternative pop tracks with big heart and a lot of emotion. Her new single “S.M.F.Y” hears her heading towards a more polished pop sound while still holding onto her alternative roots. She doesn’t sacrifice her original sound and instead shows an impressive growth where she’s adapted and evolved as an artist. There are so many things I love about this song but one of the things that first grabbed my attention was the unusual and captivating structure. The track doesn’t have your typical verse, chorus format and instead hears the production growing along with the storyline until the vibrant production breakdown at the end which will have you wanting to dance like no one is watching. Lyrically the song is a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions. It reflects on a relationship that has ended and having to come to terms with the fact that it’s over but not being able to stop thinking about them. Instead of it being super sad its more reflective and a positive tribute to who they used to be. However my heart couldn’t help but break when she sang the line “Your mum is missing me and I miss everything” but then she made me feel all warm and fuzzy seconds later when she finally revealed what the acronym “S.M.F.Y” meant… “Cause wasn’t it the truth, so magic finding you”. The production, structure and execution is flawless and I can’t fault it one bit. The track sounds like the little sister to Lorde’s “The Lourve” and I love it. The growth between all of her releases is very impressive and something tells me in 2018 you are going to hear a lot more from Eilish Gilligan.