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Billie Eilish Releases Video 'When I Was Older' Inspired by Film 'Roma'

11 January 2019

The song is out now worldwide via Darkroom/Interscope Records, ahead of the release of a full-length Music Inspired By Roma album via Sony Music Masterworks.

Billie Eilish, the 17-year-old sad-pop prodigy we recently named our 2018 Rookie of the Year, has shared a new song with a surprising inspiration. Eilish and her brother, Finneas O'Connell, composed a song based around various scenes within the film.

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"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", the siblings revealed in a statement. "Having access to the sounds used in the film proved to be invaluable to help us convey this".

Check out Billie Eilish's "When I Was Older" below. The chorus has the ocean sounds overplayed on it.

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But Eilish, bathing her voice in a digital tone, does sing about "watching movies back to back in black and white", seemingly as she mentally exorcises someone from her system.

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. "When I Was Older", Eilish says, was inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's acclaimed new film, Roma, which took home two Golden Globes this past weekend, including a Best Director statue for Cuarón. In the meantime, you can stream "When I Was Older" above (and watch Roma on Netflix).

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Billie Eilish Releases Video 'When I Was Older' Inspired by Film 'Roma'