After an unstoppable 2018, Billie Eilish continues to keep up the momentum by dropping a new song, titled “When I Was Older.”
The song is an eerie synth pop ballad inspired by the critically acclaimed Netflix film Roma from Alfonso Cuarón. It begins almost like a lullaby, soft and gentle, but as the song progresses, the music swells and expands around Eilish’s unmistakable voice.“When I was older / I was a sinner,” she coos over a mellow piano beat, her voice filtered through a vocoder.
The song doesn’t just feature your average instruments, though––it includes soundbites from the movie itself. “Lines like ‘memories burn like a forest fire’ are accompanied by the sounds of the trees burning in the woods outside the house,” Eilish and her brother and co-producer Finneas O’Connell said in joint statement.
They added: “The chorus has the ocean sounds overplayed on it. We were also able to take sounds like the student protest shouts and [the dog] Borras’ barking and turn them into rhythmic percussive elements to help drive the song.”
“When I Was Older” will appear on an upcoming compilation album, Music Inspired by Roma, released by Sony Music Masterworks.
Stream the song below: