Billie Eilish Unveils New Single “When I Was Older” Inspired by Roma

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American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish expresses her love for Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma with an impressive new single.

The young artist is only seventeen years old, but her music conveys wisdom and sophistication beyond her years. After becoming a viral sensation with the single “Ocean Eyes”, Billie Eilish went on to achieve greater success with the release of her debut EP Don’t Smile at Me. The EP impressed listeners back in August 2017 and continues to do so today. She has managed to attract a very passionate and loyal fanbase, who often help spread precious word-of-mouth, singing Eilish’s praises endlessly on social media.

The emerging star is yet to release a debut studio record, but that hasn’t stopped her from providing new and exciting cuts to tide fans over. Her latest work is called “When I was Older”, and is inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical critical darling Roma. Set in the early 1970’s, the film explores the director’s upbringing in Mexico City, told largely from the perspective of Yalitza Aparicio’s Cleo, one of the maid’s to his middle-class family.

The Netflix-distributed film recently earned Cuarón a Golden Globe for Best Director and has inspired filmmakers, critics and audiences alike. It seems that Eilish herself was incredibly moved by Cuarón’s personal cinematic portrait, and markets her latest song as “Music inspired by the movie Roma”. Listen here:

It’s a promising cut, and the dreamy sound which Eilish adopts certainly compliments the tone of the film which it pays loose homage. The production is initially rather quiet, but the vocal manipulations, slightly distortive autotune, trap drums and electronic flair aren’t exactly what one would expect from a song inspired by Roma, although it is what they would expect from Eilish. On the other hand, it’s definitely worthy of earning association with the film; although blazoning a very modern touch, “When I Was Older” carries a sense of personal nostalgia, of which gradually blossoms as the track progresses.

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It’s definitely worth checking out Billie Eilish’s new single, and of course Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. Cinema often has a considerable effect on artistry, and we can definitely expect Roma to inspire musicians for years to come. If you enjoyed the song, why not also check out Lana Del Rey’s stunning new effort right here.

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