You might recognize Finneas O’Connell from his film and television roles. The 21-year-old actor secured spots on Modern Family, Glee, Aquarius and Bad Teacher when he began his acting career back in 2011, but has since branched out from the big screen to focus and devote his energy on music.
Now known as Finneas, the singer-songwriter and older brother to edgy teen sensation Billie Eilish has been busy in the studio, working with and writing for some of pop’s biggest names including John Mayer, Khalid, Jessie Reyez, Kehlani and more, all while releasing a series of original tracks in 2018.
His newest offering, “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night,” follows his most recent single, “Luck Pusher,” and is a testament to his songwriting talent. The poppy, guitar-driven track reflects his love of love songs, detailing a fantasy romance that hinges on the ephemeral. Finneas’ vocals glide effortlessly over the lyrics, inspired by a girl he never met in person and finding solace by daydreaming her into an alternate universe where they can be together, if only temporarily.
Ahead of the single’s Friday release, Finneas spoke with Billboard about the inspiration behind the track, how it feels to head out on the road this fall to tour with his sister Billie, and what his fans can expect from him in the future.
Listen to “Let’s Fall In Love For the Night” below.
What was the inspiration behind “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”? How did that song come into existence?
I was in Osaka, Japan, FaceTiming a girl I’d never met every day and knowing there was nothing I could really do about it. I wrote this song about the day I would fantasize having with her.
Would you say that “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” picks up where your last single, “Luck Pusher,” leaves off, and why?
They do reference each other a bit! “If you’re bad odds, I’m a luck pusher” and “I like to push my luck” — it feels like two songs that know that the other one exists.
This song is probably your most pop effort yet. Did you intentionally want the song to come off that way, or did it happen naturally?
I think so! I love pop songs so much and I don’t put a ton of pressure on myself as a solo artist to always write the most commercial feeling thing, I just want to write things I would love to listen to. This feels like one of those.
How does writing for other musicians differ from the way you write for yourself? What is your writing process like?
If I’m writing with or for someone else, it just has to feel true and real for them. It has to feel like they’re being honest. If it’s for myself, it’s the same thing. It has to be something I can mean when I say it.
Would you say that you have a love affair with love songs? A lot of your songs tend to have that central theme.
Absolutely! All my favorite songs ever are love songs. Probably topped by “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. I never get tired of writing about love.
How does it feel to be touring with Billie on her sold-out tour? Have you both always been very collaborative from the beginning and what initially sparked that?
We’ve worked together since the very beginning. She has the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard. I love the way she sings everything so much. I’m super excited to be touring with her again, she’s a brilliant performer. And as far as opening, I just wanna make her proud!
What can fans expect from you in the future? Are there any full-length projects in the works?
I think “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” is the last song of mine coming out in 2018. Feels like a good place to end on. Then next year, music will start coming out again right away and probably lead into an EP or an album in the summertime.