Billie Eilish returned with her new single “My Future” on Thursday – which is also the 23rd birthday of her brother / collaborator Finneas.
The song follows “No Time to Die,” the title song of a previously unreleased James Bond film. Its corresponding animated video was created by Australian artist Andrew Onorato.
“My Future,” which begins with a melancholy tune, is actually Eilish’s most uplifting song to date. As the visuals suggest, the song begins on the dark and dark side, but at one minute and 45 seconds the sun is shining and a punchy beat kicks in, speeding things up to a dancing degree. “I’m in love with my future, I can’t wait to meet her. I’m in love, but not with anyone else. I just wanna get to know myself, ”Eilish oozes through jazzy vocals before the rain clears off just in time for a funky bassline.
“We wrote this in our early forties,” Eilish said in an email to fans on release day. “It’s a song that’s really, really personal and special to me. When we wrote this song, that was exactly where my head was – hopeful, excited and crazy amount of self-reflection and personal growth. But recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s going on in the world right now. I hope you can all find meaning in it for yourselves.
Eilish released his first album When we all fall asleep, where do we go? via Darkroom / Interscope last year. An emo tour de force in the bedroom pop business, it ultimately became the highest performing album of 2019 and spawned the hit single “Bad Guy”, now six times platinum. She won five Grammy Awards in January, sweeping through all four major categories (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) and also winning the Best Pop Vocal Album category. O’Connell single-handedly won the Producer of the Year and Best Engineering Album trophies.
After the Grammys, Eilish released “No Time to Die,” the theme song for the latest installment in the James Bond film franchise. She performed the song with Johnny Marr at the Brit Awards before the film’s April release was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, Eilish launched a short arena tour which was also quickly cut short by the pandemic.
“The future looks uncertain and crazy right now,” Eilish continued in her email. “But I think we have to be prepared to do the job, and if we do, we should be optimistic and excited about our future. I must continue to remind myself that the future is ours, and I know that we want to do whatever we can to make it better for everyone in the world and for the world itself. We need to keep ourselves informed and aware of what is going on around us. we have to keep looking forward. We must continue to fight for what we know to be right. We have to vote. We have to take care of the earth. We must fight for all the lives of black people. And we just have to. be. better. It’s up to us to change things now. Not only for us, but for future generations. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wear a mask. Drink water. Keep hope. “
As MTV aptly wrote on Eilish’s Instagram post teasing “My Future”: “At least I work from home so no one sees me cry.”