Based in Boston, singer and songwriter Gillian Heidi is without doubt one of our favourite new artists to watch. Already confident in her skills behind the piano and the guitar, the 16-year-old rising star holds wisdom well beyond her years, using her impactful songwriting as a means of expressing herself on topics such as the dissolution of a relationship, the pains of addiction, and facing loneliness. She released a string of well-received singles last year, gems such as “static” and “desperate,” and is now back with her first release of 2021, “burnout.”
‘burnout’ is a smooth ballad that follows ‘moonlight’, a stripped back, guitar-driven pop tune. Starting off with subtle percussion and deep piano chords, ‘burnout’ is truly a stunning effort from Gillian Heidi. As the instrumental ebbs and flows with the help of minimal instrumentation and soothing melodies, she lays down layers upon layers of vocal harmonies, making up for one of her most captivating vocal performances yet.