It’s Billie Eilish’s Vocals In Her Tiny Desk Concert For Me

For some odd reason, some folks doubt Billie Eilish’s singing ability. Despite her, y’know winning several Grammys at 18 years old, being considered the “future of pop,” and making some extraordinarily futuristic and relatable moody slaptastic beats. Well, those haters should be prepared to drizzle on some sauce and eat their words after the multi-Grammy-award-winning 18 year old just dropped this Tiny Desk concert.

That’s right, y’all, the Syrup fave has joined my famous and talented boyfriends Harry Styles and Tyler, The Creator with a short ten minute performance that will live rent-free in my mind—alongside Lizzo’s, H.E.R.’s and Superorganism’s clips. 

In it, Eilish and her brother and music partner, Finneas, perform in their home live acoustic renditions of her latest singles, “my future” and “everything i wanted”— y’know, the song featuring the iconic TikTok sound, “I tried to scream but my head was underwaterrrr.” And wow, I didn’t know just how badly I now need an acoustic Billie Eilish album but gimme gimme.

“Well obviously we are not actually at Tiny Desk because this is a cardboard cutout of it,” Eilish says, revealing that what we had all assumed was the Tiny Desk setup is actually a 2D print of the iconic “tiny ass desk” (Lizzo, 2019). “But it’s still real, it’s just not in person real.”

“Quarantine’s been weird,” she adds, acknowledging the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all our lives. “I know you all feel the same, it’s been weird. We don’t know how long it’s gonna go.”

“There’s barely anything that feels like there’s any hope in, but I think the future is something to be super hopeful in, y’know, the unknown and what is to come,” she added, after singing about being “in love with my future.”

“We’ll be okay one day. Maybe not right now but I think that’s what’s been making me hold on.”

Eilish then explained that her second song, “everything I wanted,” is about her loving relationship with her older bro and how they’ve both “always been there for each other.”

“I think we all have or should have one person at least that makes us feel like we’re never alone. [And for me,] that’s Finneas!” 

You can watch the full clip of Billie Elish’s Tiny Desk performance below, as well as revisit Mr. Styles’s emotional performance and check out five artists I desperately need an NPR live set of ASAP.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.