Billie Eilish’s sophomore studio album ‘Happier Than Ever’ (out July 30) is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and rightfully so. Her debut album ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’ was an intimate and experimentally charged collection of tracks that catapulted her to global stardom. And this follow-up record is expected to cement that status as she continues to give a voice to people who may be struggling finding the words to articulate their feelings.
New single ‘Lost Cause’ is a track all about putting someone on a pedestal in a toxic relationship and making excuses for everything they do, when in reality they don’t deserve that excuse. They’re just a lost cause and there’s no changing who they are or how they think and you just need to get yourself out. It’s a powerful sentiment that young people especially need to hear because it’s so easy to get swept up in something that is so emotionally damaging. “Gave me no flowers, wish I didn’t care. You’d be gone for hours, could be anywhere” she sings during the pre chorus before then proclaiming; “You ain’t nothing but a lost cause. And this ain’t nothing like it once was. I know you think you’re such an outlaw, but you got no job. You ain’t nothing but a lost cause”. She really isn’t holding back on this track with lyrical fire, and we LOVE it.
The confidence lyrically jumps out, and she compliments that sentiment with a blues inspired riff that has this organic energy to it. She inserts this playfulness to her delivery without being so direct and obvious with it. She could’ve easily turned this into a big screamer of a pop track, but instead it’s more powerful and punchy being minimalistic and understated.
Elevating that vibe yet again, in the music video she is joined by her friends where they just scream the lyrics in the camera and really make sure the guy is listening to every word that is being said because he REALLY needs to hear it.