Billie Eilish has released a new song inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 11, 2019

Eilish and O'Connell say that they wanted to "write from within the narrative of the movie and the scenes that struck us the most from it. Lines like "memories burn like a forest fire" are accompanied by the sounds of the trees burning in the woods outside the house". "Having access to the sounds used in the film proved to be invaluable to help us convey this". Billie Eilish will be hitting the road again as well as releasing her highly anticipated debut album this year, plus making appearances at the recently announced Coachella Festival in April. The chorus has the ocean sounds overplayed on it. But Eilish has adopted the tiniest bits and pieces of the movie on the way to arriving at something that ends up far afield in every way but mood. According to the singer, "When I Was Older" was inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's acclaimed film Roma. The new track may not be from Roma's official soundtrack or score, but it has received approval from Cuarón himself. You can now stream the movie on Netflix. 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.

Billie Eilish teased the release to her 11 million fans on her Instagram account yesterday. You're sure to hear more from the rising pop star in the months and years to come, but for now, check out her latest offering above. It follows a domestic worker's journey in 1970s Mexico, and has been praised not just for its humanity, but also for the ways in which Cuarón captures both the era and the landscape of the film's namesake Mexican neighborhood.

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