Billie Eilish gets the blues in her self-directed music video for Male Fantasy
When Eilish dropped her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, in July, one song struck a chord with fans and even some foes of the 19-year-old singer: Male Fantasy.
The track is held up by the strumming of an acoustic guitar, which just so happens to beautifully mesh with Eilish's angelic and soft-spoken vocals.
The stripped down production of the song allows for the Grammy-winner's heavy and hard-hitting lyrics to resonate with listeners and sting that much more.
Then you add a music video into the mix, and fans are gifted with a visual for the dark moments and thought processes audibly spelled out throughout the track.
It doesn't take long to notice that the video for Male Fantasy is raw in a strikingly different way from the three other videos Eilish has made for tracks off her sophomore album.
But to make a music video in any other way for such a glaringly personal song would feel entirely out of place, especially given how in-touch Eilish is with her self and her collective creative vision.
As the video starts, Eilish is seen pacing around an outdated home and going through the motions of a savage break-up while singing, "I'm going back to therapy, 'cause I loved you then, and I love you now, and I don't know how. Guess it's hard to know when nobody else comes around."
The pale blue walls mimic the grayscale tones present in each scene from the video, emulating just how Eilish is feeling as she endures the highs and lows of moving on from a love that no longer serves her or her mental health.
Male Fantasy is the sixth video Eilish has directed herself, in addition to the videos for NDA, Happier Than Ever, Your Power, and Therefore I Am.
The video for Male Fantasy comes nearly two weeks after Eilish racked up seven Grammy nominations for her work on Happier Than Ever.
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