In a much anticipated collaboration from two pinnacles of vocal talent, we have more hope than ever for 2021’s music to come.
In a project first announced in March of 2019, by a tweet from Rosalia, the two immense talents find a dark, dreamy soundscape that compliments both artists’ style and brand while pushing both outside of their comfort zones.
The song is mostly performed in Spanish, but effortlessly drifts to English, and understanding the melancholic message of the song doesn’t require knowledge of either language, although the last line, sung by Eilish, leaves a cold and sombre impression (“If I wasn’t important then why did you waste all your poison”).
If I wasn’t important then why did you waste all your poison”
With barely any accompaniment, other than a few synths that heighten the dark and eerie tone, the harmonic winding of the two outstanding voices creates an ethereal siren song. The music video reflects this, as director Nabil places the two in darkness as the cameras pan around each singer, getting faster and more disorienting as the song escalates. It’s hypnotic and phantasmal, matching the energy of the track. The video’s styling also deserves recognition, as Billie and Rosalia sport elaborate glass manicures created by nail artist Sojin Oh, that add to the video’s dreamlike feel.
The track is featured on a new episode of the iconic HBO drama Euphoria that came out yesterday, ‘Part 2: Jules’, and fits the show well with it’s airy and celestial sound, dripped in sadness.
Watch the music video here:
Words by Daisy Greetham