Billie Eilish Releases New Album “Happier Than Ever”: Streaming
- American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish released her sophomore album “Happier Than Ever” on July 30, 2021 along with a new music video for the album title track.
It is her first album in two years. The album comprises of 16-track, produced by FINNEAS.
All tracks are written by Billie Eilish O'Connell and Finneas O'Connell.
The album was recorded at FINNEAS' home recording studio, located in the basement of his Los Angeles residence.
She has revealed that the creative process of the album is very natural, unlike her previous projects where she constantly felt anxious and under pressure.
Billie Eilish told Apple Music, “It wasn't forced, it wasn't pressured, it wasn't scary. It was nice.”
The accompanying music video was directed by Billie Eilish.
She said of the song, “Happier Than Ever,” probably the most therapeutic song I've ever written or recorded, like ever, ever, ever 'cause I just screamed my lungs out and could barely talk afterwards, which was very satisfying to me somehow. I had wanted to get those screams out for a very long time and it was very nice to.”
She shared on social media, “this is my favorite thing i've ever created and i am so excited and nervous and EAGER for you to hear it. i can't even tell you. i've never felt so much love for a project than i do for this one. hope you feel what i feel. this was the most fulfilling most satisfying and profound experience i've ever had with my music. finneas and i were just on cloud 9 making this album i feel.. i love every song on this project so so much it literally scares me thinking about putting it out into the world for anyone to listen to. i feel like crying. i grew so much in the process of making this album and experienced so much self realization and self reflection. i wish i could go back and make this album all over again because it was some of the best nights in my life.”
Billie Eilish explained track-by-track for the album.
“'Getting Older' was tough to write 'cause it's a very revealing song talking about things that I only at the time had just felt I realized about myself and felt insecure about and wanted to talk about. I don't know, I think that that happens a lot and it should be completely welcomed, is realizing stuff years later. You sometimes don't realize what's going on around you until a really long time later or realize what you feel until years later.”
“I Didn't Change My Number”
“I Didn't Change My Number… I love this song so much. It's all about 'you can't get me anymore' where it's like you know what? I don't have sympathy for you anymore y'know? You got me! You got me at first but I don't care now. And it's really that and that only. And kinda just your last straw and being like 'I am confident in this being my last straw.' Y'know don't get me mad cause I will scream.”
“Billie Bossa Nova”
“Billie Bossa Nova” is a little bit of a fancy, I don't know what. We actually called this song “Billie Bossa Nova” because in, I want to say, spring of 2019, my brother sent me a beat he had made. He called it 'Billie Bossa Nova' 'cause it was just a bossa nova-type beat and I was like 'that's amazing' and then nothing happened for a year and a half. Then we listened to it again and kinda wrote this fantasy, romanticized, glorified, dream.”
“I spent years and years relying on having someone—I could never be alone. It's not something you'd think about being hard. But when you're in that alone zone, it's a new feeling. I feel like people—everything is about love. There's nothing that talks about how being alone is really powerful.
“'Oxytocin' is a fun one. That's probably one of my favorites. We had all these songs and I was like, the only thing we're missing is the song that's purposefully gonna be insane live. And we did “Oxytocin.” Oh, my God, it was the most satisfying thing in the world. We would stand up and jump around and see what felt right. I was also just going through crazy feelings at the time too. You can understand those if you listen to the lyrics.”
“'GOLDWING,' I wrote a song that is kinda a metaphor for a young woman especially in the street or life that is pure, and I don't mean a virgin. I mean like a young, non-exploited, non-traumatized person. A metaphor for that being a gold-winged angel.”
“'Halley's Comet,' you know, 'Halley's Comet' is just about falling in love and feeling a feeling of euphoria and life kinda feeling like you're floating. Love is a crazy, crazy thing and “Halley's Comet” is just a sweet, little, romantic song.”
“Not My Responsibility”
“'Not My Responsibility,' these are some of my favorite words that I've ever written and I feel like nobody listened. It's about body image and all the things we are trained to think about bodies and it just makes me laugh because I put it out and everyone was like 'Yes, queen! Body positivity!' And then like three months later there's a picture of me in a tank top and the whole internet was like 'fat!'”
“We took the production from “Not My Responsibility” and turned it into a beat and then wrote 'OverHeated' and it's really just about the same thing. Why the fuck is it such a shock that I look like all of you? I think that's the funny thing. The internet, you know, you feel so powerful and somehow invisible at the same time but everybody sees it. You say crazy stuff on the internet thinking 'Ah, nobody will see it.' It's really just about the insanity of paparazzi and articles, and comment sections, and Twitter!”
“This song is a big bummer. It's really about how everybody dies. You can't change it and it's a horrible thought. But it's also a comforting thought, I don't know. It gives me comfort to know I'm gonna die. I don't know why. I've talked about it since I was a kid. It makes me happy that all things end. It's also very sad and sentimental. This song is really just about knowing that you only have so long to do what you want so just do it. Enjoy your life.”
“It's really a big subject. It's about a lot of different things. It's sadly very relatable for people. I'm not gonna make it about my experiences because it's really hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands and millions of people have experienced this every single day. It's everywhere you look and I hate it and I wanted to say something and I'm not gonna get too deep into the specific lyrics and what they mean and what they're really about but it's a problem that's occurring everywhere you look. And everyone is someone or knows someone who's been taken advantage of.”
“'NDA' is kinda all over the map. It's got a lotta different things going on that were completely different situations. It was really just things I was thinking and feeling and doing in my life and I was like, I'll just write about it. I don't know, I think it's very cool. 'NDA' is very all over the place and up for interpretation.”
“Therefore I Am”
“It ['Therefore I Am'] feels like me. The rest of them also feel like me but this one is more like—if I think about it from an outside perspective, this one, I'd be satisfied, you know, if I was a fan. This song is very, very up for interpretation. I'm curious to see what people get from it and also what they feel when they hear it. Yeah, it's a little mean, a little bit. It [the song] was very fun to complete. It was fun to record, especially, because, I feel like you can hear it. I feel that I sound very, like, I'm just fucking around. I'm just joking and shit. You know that, “Stop, what the hell are you talking about?” It's like, come on. It's so real and natural and don't take me seriously, you know? I love it.”
“Happier Than Ever”
“'Happier Than Ever,' probably the most therapeutic song I've ever written or recorded, like ever, ever, ever 'cause I just screamed my lungs out and could barely talk afterwards, which was very satisfying to me somehow. I had wanted to get those screams out for a very long time and it was very nice to.”
“'Male Fantasy' is really a hopeless realization and a horrible thing. It's terrible to feel something that you don't want to feel. “Happier Than Ever” was actually gonna close the album and then we wrote “Male Fantasy” and it actually felt better to close it with that. Not ending on a angry note, I think, was important 'cause nothing should end on a bad note, I feel like.”
- source : Apple Music