when the party’s over

Billie Eilish releases another killer single

Rachael Patterson

It’s no secret. Billie Eilish is a giant up and coming star. At the young age of 16, she’s released an EP, and multiple singles. She’s been in the top 50 on the Billboard charts, and she’s number one on the emerging artists billboard chart.

Her newest song “when the party’s over” was released October 16th. The music video was released October 25th.

The song has been streamed on spotify over 25.5 million times, and her music video has been viewed over 12 million times.

The song is quite haunting. The lyrics are accompanied mainly by Billie’s humming layed on top of each other, as well as a piano, and a little bass.

If melancholy songs aren’t really your fortè, this probably won’t be your go to song. The cover art itself is a crying girl.

For everyone else that’s a sucker for beautiful woeful songs, like myself, this is definitely a great one.

“when the party’s over” is a song about a rather toxic relationship. Billie talks about how she put all her effort and energy into this relationship, but she never felt the same love reciprocated.

Lyrics such as “Tore my shirt to stop you bleeding, but nothing ever stops you leaving” and “Let me let you go”, are just a couple examples of her deep and eloquent lyricism that shows throughout the song.

The music video is also very chilling. Billie is sitting with a cup of black liquid, hesitant to drink it at first, but eventually chugs the whole thing.

She then starts crying black tears, and the entire floor is submerged in this black liquid.

It’s not easy to project the feeling of heartbreak in general, much less through a song. Billie not only does this, but she projects how it feels to be in a toxic, parasitic relationship. She explains how she doesn’t want to end the relationship because of how much she loves the person, but she has to because of how it’s impacting her.

It’s not only her lyrics that do this. The tone in her voice also does a lot for the song.

Even though this song is very melodic and deep, it’s full of angst to say the least.

Billie’s sound is rather dark to a fault. She tends to write about deeper topics such as love and heartbreak more than anything else. Even her up tempo songs such as “bellyache” and “you should see me in a crown” have pretty dark lyrics or a more intense sound.

The song really is quite stunning. However, if you’re looking for a sick beat, or sunshine and rainbows, you most likely will not find it with Billie’s usic. 

Even if the song really isn’t your style, I recommend listening to some of Billie’s other songs. She has one of the most unique sounds out there today. It’s a great refresher from everything played on the radio.