Billie Eilish Has a Message for the Haters: ‘Therefore I Am’

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Pop superstar and Grammy winning singer-songwriter, Billie Eilish, continued the run up to a new era in music with the release of a brand new single. The star dropped the track – ‘Therefore I Am’, accompanied by a new music video, late last night. Taking a page from the books of philosopher, Rene Descartes, Billie uses the track to put the men/boys/ haters who annoy her in their place, fair and square.

You and Billie Are Not the Same

Sonically, the track follows in the vein of Billie’s previous work; or at least a similar enough vein. Co-produced by her brother, Finneas O’Connell, ‘Therefore I Am’ is a slick lofi, grunge pop banger that features “billieeilish” production elements. And, if the sonic signatures weren’t enough, her voice is a dead giveaway. In raspy, processed tones, Billie sings, “I’m not your friend or anything/ Damn, you think that you’re the man/ I think, therefore, I am.”

Vocally, the track sounds eerily similar to her work on “all the good girls go to hell”. But, fortunately, thematically, the track engages you. And, if a combination of 17th century philosophy and alternative pop isn’t your cup of tea, the catchy undertones of the track, is sure to sustain you.

No Room for Doubt

‘Therefore I Am’ arrived with a self-directed music video featuring Billie’s roam-around an abandoned mall in L.A. Take viewers on a tour of the mall, stopping for snacks and lemonade, the 19 year old delivers the self-assured, and realised anthem.

If ‘you should see me in a crown’ was a statement of confidence, ‘Therefore I Am’ is a mature reiteration of the sentiment. Complete with witty quips, rhythmic songwriting and an infectious beat, this track leaves no room for doubt.

By: Ahalya Narayanan