For the first time ever, Finneas has jumped on the Christmas song bandwagon with “Another Year.”
The delicate piano ballad is equal parts affectionate and irreverent, celebrating the joy of spending time with loved ones while also poking fun at some festive platitudes. “It never snows in LA / You’d never know it was a holiday / I don’t believe that Jesus Christ was born to save me / That’s an awful lot of pressure for a baby,” he quips on the opening. Finneas saves the sentiment for the chorus: “Hurry home, please, I don’t belong without you / Your ice-cold feet; write all my songs about you / I love you more and more each day / Can’t find poetic ways to say / ‘I hope it lasts another year’.”
“I wrote this song last Christmas, with a year of uncertainty ahead of us, had I known, anything I know now about how 2020 would go, I don’t think I would have changed a word,” Finneas said of the track in a statement. “I hope wherever this song finds you, it brings you some small dose of comfort. The horizon is bright I think.”
“Another Year” is the latest in a string of solo works from Finneas, including last month’s “Where the Poison is,” a scathing musical rebuke of Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the rock-influenced “Can’t Wait to be Dead” and “What They’ll Say About Us.” He also recently made an appearance alongside his sister Billie Eilish on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform their Bond theme “No Time to Die.” As producer, Finneas also contributed to Justin Bieber’s recent single “Lonely” alongside Benny Blanco.
Listen to “Another Year” below: