Billie Eilish & Khalid Are Trapped In Their “Lovely” Video
Billie Eilish and Khalid made waves last week with the release of their heartrending ballad “Lovely.” Over a lush instrumentation of melancholic keys and gorgeous strings, the pair attempt to overcome a serious depression. “Isn’t it lovely, all alone? Heart made of glass, my mind of stone. Tear me to pieces, skin and bone. Hello, welcome home,” they croon, showing off their impressive vocals. Today (April 26) they have returned with the Taylor Cohen-directed video, and it is equally striking.
Inspired by Billie’s desire to portray two people being “hopelessly trapped” together, the video traps them in a crystalline box. Opening with the 16-year-old siren alone, her collaborator appears out of thin air behind her as his vocals come in. What follows is a captivating spectacle complete with brilliant special effects that capture the severity of their situation. Although the visual is undeniably dark, the pair seem to allude to a conclusion to their struggles toward the end.
“Lovely” is the latest in a string of winning releases from the pair. After going viral with his breakout hit “Location” last year, Khalid has popped up on a string of high-profile collaborations. He contributed his slinky Normani Kordei duet “Love Lies” to the Love, Simon soundtrack. More recently, he teamed up with Sabrina Claudio on “Don’t Let Me Down.” Meanwhile, Billie has delivered hits to the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack and recently unveiled her bass-heavy “COPYCAT.”
Together they have touched on something that could become a veritable hit of its own. In the last week, they have amassed nearly 5 million streams on Spotify, and the visual is sure to give them a boost. With any luck, the pair will make an appearance on the charts with their gorgeous ballad. Watch the video up top!