Billie Eilish and Rosalia have teamed up for the captivating new song ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’.
The track is mainly performed in Spanish by the duo and is set to feature in the upcoming series of the HBO programme Euphoria. ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’, which translates to ‘You Will Forget It’, it is a haunting effort from the duo, whose immense vocal ranges complement each other fiercely and the two musicians ensure that the listener doesn’t have to be fluent in Spanish to understand the song’s dreary message. Eilish’s brother, Finneas, has done another spectacular production job that helps create an atmospheric feeling that runs throughout the piece and is equally as crucial as Rosalia and Eilish’s roles.
‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’ is different to what one has come to expect from Eilish, it’s not the same sort of upbeat, rigorous tempo that she has perfected on tracks like ‘Therefore I Am’ and is a left-field move, not just from a linguistic sense. The slowed-down approach that Finneas adds more impetus to Eilish and Rosalia’s words. The final lyric of the track delivered by Eilish, sees her ask, “If I wasn’t important then why did you waste all your poison”. This final line leaves the listener on tenterhooks at the end of the track, and there’s a real gravitas to those words that Eilish delivers.
Eilish discussed the collaboration with Zane Lowe on Apple Music and explained why they primarily performed it in Rosalia’s native Spanish tongue. “I mean, this is the longest lead up on earth. Well, because we wrote most of the song in January of 2019,” she said. “I actually think it’s so beautiful, and it’s so not something I feel like I’ve done. Rosalia opened a little channel in me that I hadn’t tried out before. A lot of it is in Spanish, which I think is so important. I remember when we were writing the song, I remember her saying something about, ‘It should be in English.’ And I was like, ‘No, no, no. It should be in Spanish. It’s so beautiful.'”
The collaboration is dark and eerie, making it the perfect fit for Euphoria. It also was a way for both of these artists to step out of their comfort zones by mixing it up and doing something completely different. Whilst, ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’ might not be a chart hit, it will leave you spellbound for the best part of three and a half minutes that is a departure in every sense for both artists who both show off the versatility in their respective wheelhouses.