Singer-songwriter-producer Finneas released his debut solo EP Blood Harmony on Friday (Oct. 4), and it’s safe to say that talent runs in the family.
As with his work on little sister Billie Eilish’s smash debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, the 22-year-old wunderkind wrote and produced every track of Blood Harmony himself.
Unlike the glittering darkness that pervades hits like “Bad Guy” and “Bury a Friend,” however, Finneas’ work as a solo artist is decidedly brighter, his soulful voice tying each song together as his lyrics swings through the vast spectrum of human emotion — from regret (“I Lost A Friend”) and desperate need (the handclap-driven churn of latest single “Shelter) to denial (“I Don’t Miss You At All”) and infatuation (the romantic “Let’s Fall In Love For The Night”).
Now that the EP is out, Finneas will be hitting the road for his first-ever solo headlining tour, which kicks off Saturday (Oct. 5) at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, with a solo set at 1:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage.
Below, Finneas breaks down all seven tracks on his pop-driven, forward-thinking EP.
“I Lost A Friend”
I wrote this song one afternoon in my parents’ house last summer. At the time it was about a friendship that I’d had for years that had fallen apart, but I think broadly, it’s about losing anyone for any reason and wondering who and or what is to blame.
This song dates all the way back to 2016. I’d been told Avicii was looking for songs to produce out so I wrote this one for him and sent it straight to his team. To this day, I have no idea if he ever heard it. His music and his inspiration will last forever.
“Lost My Mind”
This is another older one that just never left the back of my mind. I’d sit down at pianos and always gravitate towards these chords and these melodies. It’s important to recognize when a song remains important to you.
“I Don’t Miss You At All”
I wrote this song while we were on tour in NYC back in June, sitting on my hotel bed playing a toy guitar I bought in Boston. I wanted to write a song that was entirely a lie, the way we all lie to ourselves to try to feel like we’re over someone when we’re definitely, definitely not.
“Partners In Crime”
Wrote this one in London on July 1, the night [after] we played Glastonbury. It was a guitar part I’d been playing absentmindedly all summer but that night, all the lyrics came out right. The first verse of this song is true, the rest is historical fiction.
“Let’s Fall In Love For The Night”
I wrote this song last August while we were on tour in Japan. It was about a million degrees outside, so at the end of each day, I’d lie down on my hotel bed and turn the AC on full blast and play these chords. The chorus came first, then the first verse. The second verse was [written on] a completely different day, but that’s why I like that part so much.
I wrote this song in Texas last November — L.A. was on fire at the time and I was wishing I was there anyway to be with my girl. The second verse is more about moving out of my parents’ house than it is about the house burning down. You could call it a metaphor for adulthood, I suppose.