Billie Eilish is back with new music and per usual, it’s really good. This one comes with a different story though. This new song “WHEN I WAS OLDER” comes with the notation (Music Inspired By The Film ROMA), which doesn’t mean it was part of the soundtrack but indeed is a song Billie wrote drawing inspiration from the film.
ROMA is a Spanish language Netflix film that went on to win Golden Globe awards and is described as “a vivid, emotional portrait of a domestic worker’s journey set against domestic and political turmoil in 1970s Mexico.” 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…”
“WHEN I WAS OLDER” starts off with minimal, creepy instrumentation and soft spoke auto-tuned lyrics. From there the song builds with pulsing bass and minimal percussion laying the eeire foundation for the whispy, slightly distorted vocals to take front and center as once again. The song is somehow both creepy and beautiful at the same time. Billie Eilish and her collaborative brother Finneas have proven to be talented beyond their years. Billie even has a verse that she raps for a bit before switching back to her falsetto we’re familiar with. Enjoy!