The Singer Teased Her Album With "bury a friend"

BY: Georgia Davis

If Billie Eilish’s “bury a friend” hints at what her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? will sound like, then fans should expect a haunting, electronically infused debut. The 17-year-old singer’s first full-length album is slated for a March 29 release, and the album art borders on horrific.

Growing up, Eilish was inspired by horror films and TV. Among her favorite movies is the Australian psychological horror The Babadook and American Horror Story, Twin Peaks and Black Mirror are the bingeable TV she watches.

“I’ve always loved horror movies,” Eilish told Consequence of Sound. “What I’m working on right now … is CRAAAZYY … and very inspired by horror. You will understand what I mean when it’s out.”

That very much comes out in the teaser for her new album. If the title “bury a friend” doesn’t give any inclination as to the themes in her upcoming release, then upon first listen fans will be scared into next Tuesday. And if you’re terrified of all things scary, don’t watch the music video.

The video directed by Michael Chaves brings to life our worst nightmares. Behind every dark corner down and eerie corridor, Eilish is basked in the only light. Our imagination takes us on a wild adventure of wondering what lurks in the shadows. But what’ even scarier takes place in a white, bright, sterilized room. Hands wearing black gloves grab at her from all angles and stab her with many needles. It’s a microcosm of fears, including what monsters hide under our beds.

In the week since the video was released, “bury a friend” has racked up more than 30 million views on YouTube. Eilish’s voice has always sounded haunting, but it’s taken to a whole other level with this tune. It’s far different from the poppier “Ocean Eyes” and in a similar vein as “when the party’s over,” but it’s clear whatever Eilish has up her sleeve for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? will be something that will rock the pop world.