On the heels of their new album, Map of the Soul: Persona, which featured collaborations with Halsey and Ed Sheeran, BTS were asked which others artists they’d like to work with. Speaking with Beats 1 Radio, Jungkook specifically named Eilish as an artist the group is hoping to collaborate. BTS went on to laud Eilish’s debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, saying “Everyone should hear it.”
In the 38-minute clip, Gibi—who has 1.8 million subscribers and keeps her last name secret for privacy reasons—does not play an instrument or sing, at least not in any normal, hummable sense. Instead, she converts Eilish’s bedroom-pop bangers into the dominant language of the ASMR universe: close-miked whispers. Every sound and lyric is gently enunciated to maximize what is frequently referred to as “tingles”—the inexplicably pleasurable sensation some people experience as a result of aural or tactile triggers, like whispering or head massages. Throughout the mesmerizing, expertly produced performance, Gibi also stimulates the warm buzz of ASMR by rubbing her fingernails against a blanket, drawing in a sketchbook, and tapping quietly on a tiny mirror.
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"She was throwing up everywhere, and nobody was phased. It was just so weird, I was like, 'What?' This is normal? That's normal for you," Billie Eilish says as she dejectedly contemplates the details of a party that inspired her track, "xanny.