The Finneas You May Not Know: Highlights From a Career Collaborating With James Blake, Ashe, Camila Cabello and More
With Friday’s release of his full-length solo album debut, “Optimist,” and its spare brand of electro-soul with lost-boy yearnings, Finneas has shown, again, how dramatically different his own moody music is from that of the material he famously pens with his sister Billie Eilish. Whether it’s his meditation on things he’s dreamed of (“The ’90s”) or those he might never achieve (“What They’ll Say About Us”), Finneas proves that his solo aesthetic is an adventurous and catchy one apart from the vibe he strikes with Eilish.
The fact is, Finneas has been writing and producing out-of-the-box (and away from the family) tracks since even before Eilish’s introduction to a wider audience’s adoration in 2015. While some of Finneas’ productions have been hits (2019’s “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez), others remain solid, sure album tracks (see Camila Cabello’s “Romance” full-length).
As Finneas’ “Optimist” arrives, here are some of his best, lesser-known musical moments not on a Billie Eilish album — including collabs with James Blake, Justin Bieber, Ashe, Halsey, Tove Lo, Demi Lovato, Khalid and, yes, even a cut or two from Billie and Finneas themselves.
James Blake – “Say What You Will”
Camila Cabello — “Used to This”
Halsey – “I Hate Everybody”
Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco — “Lonely”
Tove Lo — “Bikini Porn”
Ashe — “Moral of the Story”
Selena Gomez – “Lose You to Love Me”
JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels — “If the World Was Ending”
Demi Lovato — “Commander in Chief”
Keke Palmer — “Actually Vote”
Lennon Stella — “Jealous”
Khalid & Billie Eilish — “lovely”
Billie Eilish – “She’s Broken”