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Billie Eilish shares ‘Roma’-inspired song “When I Was Older”



17-year pop singer Billie Eilish has been riding on a high wave since the release of her debut single “Ocean Eyes.” Since then, she’s gone on to garner more success with her debut EP Don’t Smile At Me, which has amassed over 3.5 billion streams worldwide. Lately, she’s been dropping a few singles and hinting at her debut full-length, which should be arriving sometime this year. But today, she’s shared a single from a completely different project with “When I Was Older,” a song inspired by the film Roma.

Roma has been picking up critical acclaim since its debut on Netflix last month, going so far as to garner director Alfonso Cuarón a Golden Globe for Best Directing, as well as a Globe for Best Foreign Film. Now Cuaròn has decided to craft an album of music inspired by the film. Each artist has been carefully curated by Cuaròn himself. And each song on the forthcoming Music Inspired By Roma has been inspired by specific scenes and sounds from the film. Billie Eilish is giving us the first taste of what’s to come with her new song.

“When I Was Older” was written by Eilish and her older brother Finneas O’Connell. The pair shared some words about the inspiration for the song:

“When we were composing the song, we wanted to write from within the narrative of the movie and the scenes that struck us the most from it. Having access to the sounds used in the film proved to be invaluable to help us convey this. Lines like “memories burn like a forest fire” are accompanied by the sounds of the trees burning in the woods outside the house. The chorus, has the ocean sounds overplayed on it. We were also able to take sounds like the student protest shouts and Borras barking and turn them into rhythmic percussive elements to help drive the song. Nothing about this song would exist without the film, which is exactly what we love about it.”

Check out “When I Was Older” down below.

Music Inspired By Roma will be out soon via Sony Music Masterworks.


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