If anyone could turn a career at a higher level through blocking, it’s Billie Eilish. The Los Angeles wunderkind reached a superstition, eventually, with an album she made at home with her brother and producer Finneas. She’s going to prove herself on stage in the arena and on the awards show, but Eilish is on the doorstep of creating very private music that millions like, and she’s doing it again with the refined, sweet single “My Future”. released tonight.
Eilish, making a few simple chord changes from an ancient soft synthesis, begins the song in a quiet, museum mode. It’s AMSR Billie, but also jazz Billie, moving not only teenage habits to stand up to satin style like Jorja Smith and Corinne Bailey Rae ̵1; skilled and serious artists interested in chanuteuse history, what is the current trend. There are even shades of universal appeal achieved in Adele’s best songs.
The sound is faint, but the words and her artistic presentation are taking Eilish’s very giant steps. Hiding a narcissistic companion, the singer resolves as a partner with a being (being? In the kingdom?) Who truly loves her: the future itself, resolutely chosen as feminine. “I can’t wait to meet her,” she murmures. “I’m in love, but not with anyone else.” As the rhythm shifts slightly toward “bossa nova,” Eilis’s voice loses its hissing whisper, becoming real and smooth. Finneas’ vocal voice supports her steps to freedom: “You’re so beautiful,” she sings to her bad art, “but I know better than to take you home.” The song ends with a personal sphere of voice and keyboard: “See you in a couple of years,” she says dreamily.
Eilish represents a generation that is now spending a great youthful moment in quarantine – mostly with family members, often online, but most importantly – in solitude. My Future offers encouragement to those young fans. It’s good to focus on yourself, she says, you’ll grow. A lyrical video by Australian animator Andrew Onorat portrays Eilish as a fairy-tale hero wrapped in a bean lid that lifts her toward the stars. Like the song, it lies in the magic that an independent young woman cultivates, ready to assert about her future.