Billie Eilish unveils gripping new track 'When I Was Older'

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2019

Eilish's voice has an eerily comforting effect in her new song.

17-year-old singer/songwriter Billie Eilish has today released a brand new song 'When I Was Older.' The song is inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's Spanish-language film 'Roma'.

The haunting song was written by Eilish and her long-time collaborator/older brother Finneas O'Connor.

"The chorus has the ocean sounds overplayed on it", the duo added. Indeed, the official title of the song is "When I Was Older (Music Inspired By The Film Roma)".

It's no surprise which film of 2018 Billie Eilish likes best going into awards season, and apparently it's "Roma". I haven't seen the film myself but a quote Guardian highlighted seems to be where Eilish drew inspiration from for her now song as it mirrors this quote from a child who can remember his past lives saying "When I was older I used to be a sailor, but I drowned in a storm..." "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".

It establishes not just that Eilish can drum up some impressive, preternatural spookiness for a teen star, but that Cuarón has some skills of his own as a music supervisor, even at the point of post-post-post-production. Fast forward from her humble breakout, Billie's debut EP has since amassed more than 3.5 billion combined streams worldwide. And it's probably not a coincidence that the song is coming out now, as Netflix, which released Roma, is trying to get more people to watch the movie, especially during its big Oscar campaign.

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