Billie Eilish has some tender new Guitar Songs for you. On Thursday (July 21), the global pop star surprise-released two new tracks, “TV” and “The 30th,” in an EP available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music. Both songs were produced and co-written by her brother Finneas.
“I just started looking through my voice memos because it's something I do all the time, and I have so many and I forget I recorded stuff, and then I find it, and it's very exciting to look through my voice memos and find all this stuff,” Eilish said in an interview with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe. “I was just thinking out loud, and I was just like, ‘I want these to come out.’”
The “Happier Than Ever” singer revealed to the radio station that she wanted to return to the basics of just writing songs with her brother at their parents’ house, just singing as Finneas played the guitar for people. No production sounds needed. “We did that for two years, and that's how we met everyone,” she said. “All the people we work with, we met them because we went to their offices and we sat there and we sang for them and sang these songs we had written,” she said. “That's our roots... I wanted to go back and do it how we used to do it.”
Some fans may be familiar with the melancholy track “TV” from her live debut of the song at her Manchester concert in June. Eilish showed her appreciation for her listeners, using the audience’s cheering from the concert to close off the song. The singer also revealed to Lowe that she was inspired to perform “TV” by Harry Styles, who teased his then-unreleased song “Boyfriend” at Coachella in April. “He's such a big deal, and playing an unreleased song really opens the floodgates of all these questions,” she said. “It's really vulnerable to play a song that is not out that is that vulnerable to you, and that's what I wanted to do.”
“The 30th” is another somber track where Eilish sings about the aftermath of an accident involving a loved one, detailing her overwhelming concern and fear for their state at the time. “I know you don't remember calling me / But I told you even then you looked so pretty / In a hospital bed,” she sings in the chorus. “I remember you said you were scared / And so was I.”
The singer ponders the many “what ifs” as the guitar chords grow more rapidly during the bridge. “What if it happened to you on a different day? / On a bridge where there wasn't a rail in the way? / Or a neighborhood street where the little kids play? / Or the Angeles Crest in the snow or the rain?” she considers. “What if you weren't alone? There were kids in the car / What if you were remote? No one knows where you are / If you changed anything, would you not have survived? / You're alive, you're alive, you're alive.”
“We wrote that on December 30, and that was actually the first song that we had written since Happier Than Ever,” Eilish said to Lowe. “That's why it's called ‘The 30th’ because something happened on November 30 and it had just been the most indescribable thing to have to witness and experience.”
While a new studio album has not yet been announced, Eilish said she and Finneas are “going to hopefully make another album in the next year.” “We don't have any other songs,” she noted. “These songs are really current for me, and they're songs that I want to have said right now.”