Billie Eilish debuted a bewitching music video for her spooky synth-pop track “You Should See Me in a Crown” on Monday (March 18) via Apple Music. Eilish then made the video available on her YouTube channel on Wednesday (April 17).
Eilish gets the anime treatment in the three-minute-long video, directed by none other than legendary Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. With stunningly sleek graphics, the blueish-gray-haired main character wears a neon-green ensemble with Eilish’s signature blohsh character — a distorted image of a simple person-like graphic — printed on her baggy shirt and pants, as she opens the video crooning the lyrics, which she told Billboard were meant to “to freak everybody out” in an interview about the single.
Much like the nightmare-ish undertones of the fourth song on her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, the video climaxes with Eilish becoming a monster-like beast that tears through an unsuspecting town.
Murakami created the visuals using special motion-capture technology and incorporated his smiling rainbow “Flowers.” In a press release, Murakami revealed what the process to create the video was like: “[Eight] months from start to finish, I sprinted throughout the production process with my animation team striving to realize Billie’s vision in an unprecedented way.”
Billie added that she was “honored” to work with the acclaimed artist. “Murakami is an incredible visionary,” she stated. “It was such an honor to collaborate with him and have our brains and our worlds collide for this video.”
Watch the video below.