Billie Eilish Releases Haunting New EP ‘Guitar Songs’

Mack Mendenhall

The magic of Billie Eilish‘s artistry is she can successfully combine poignant wisdom beyond her years with the innocence that comes with being a twenty-year-old still figuring out life. Her latest EP is no different.

 

Guitar Songs was released on July 21 without much promotion or fanfare. Consisting of two guitar-led ballads, the surprise project finds Billie Eilish in a vulnerable space as she reflects on heartbreaks, accidents, and current events in the world. Both “TV” and “The 30th” were written by Billie and her brother Finneas.

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Guitar Songs is reminiscent stylistically of Eilish’s acoustic ballads such as “I Love You,” “Your Power,” and “Male Fantasy.” She sings from a place of longing, depression, and numb resolve.

 

“TV” was first performed at Billie’s Manchester show during the European leg of Happier Than Ever: The World Tour. The song is notable for its lyrical references to Survivor, the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial, and the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“Maybe I, maybe I, maybe I’m the problem,” she repeats during the song’s outro, her voice fading into a recording of her fans singing along to “TV” during the concert.

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“The 30th” was written in December 2021, the first song Billie wrote following her smash hit, “Happier Than Ever.”

 

“That’s why it’s called ‘The 30th’ because something happened on November 30th, and it had just been the most indescribable thing to have to witness and experience,” Eilish revealed in an interview with Apple Music. “I had been writing down all these thoughts that I was having. I was with Finneas, and I was like, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know what you were planning on doing, but we need to write this song about this right now.’”

Billie performed an intimate, acoustic concert at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on July 29 to celebrate one year since the release of Happier Than Ever. In August and September, she will conclude her world tour with dates in Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.

Stream Guitar Songs by Billie Eilish below.

 

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