Billie Eilish has released a new song that will be featuring on the upcoming soundtrack for Netflix film ROMA. “When I Was Older” is a somber ballad that evokes emotions from scenes of the movie. The song was co-written with her brother and longtime collaborator Finneas O’Connell. They share a bit of inspiration behind the lyrics:
“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. Having access to the sounds used in the film proved to be invaluable to help us convey this.Lines like ‘memories burn like a forest fire’ are accompanied by the sounds of the trees burning in the woods outside the house. The chorus, has the ocean sounds overplayed on it. 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. Nothing about this song would exist without the film, which is exactly what we love about it.”
Listen to the track below and be sure to peep our wishlist of collaborators for 2019.