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Finneas releases funky new break-up song ‘Naked’ – listen

"I can’t believe you’ve seen me naked," Finneas sings of a relationship gone sour

By Charlotte Krol

Finneas is seen dancing in the music video for 'Naked'
Finneas in the music video for 'Naked'. (Picture: YouTube/FINNEAS)

Finneas has shared his first new solo material of the year with ‘Naked’.

Accompanied by a music video in which the musician shows off some quirky dance moves, ‘Naked’ hears him detail a break-up in which he “can’t believe you’ve seen me naked”.

Ended back in early ’18/ We didn’t want the same thing / I don’t like the taste of cigarettes or your complaining,” Finneas sings elsewhere in the single.

It’s the first taste of what’s the come next from Billie Eilish‘s brother and collaborator since his debut album ‘Optimist’ was released last October.

He’s also written songs with Eilish for the soundtrack to Disney’s new film ‘Turning Red‘. The brother-sister duo were approached by the makers of the film to write songs for the fictional boyband 4*Town that protagonist Meilin “Mei” Lee and her friends are obsessed with.

In Rolling Stone‘s three-star review of Finneas’ debut album, writer Jon Dolan said: “Finneas’s full-length debut shows just how grand his songwriterly ambitions can get, suggesting a tunesmith who’d rather create his generation’s ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ or pen the next Dear Evan Hansen than burnish his resume as a Top 40 song doctor.

“Album opener ‘A Concert Six Months From Now’ is his clever entrant into the canon of Covid-themed pop, going from spare acoustic sketch to stagey sturm and drang as the hopeful act of buying a ticket to a concert in 2022 becomes a metaphor for his against-the-odds dream of saving a botched romance. ‘The Kids Are All Dying’ is equally sweeping, proudly offering a melodic debt to Elton John and making ample space for Finneas to unfurl an athletic falsetto as he wonders about whether it’s right to sing about love and sex in an age of global warming and school shootings.”

Meanwhile, Eilish has been confirmed to perform her James Bond theme song ‘No Time To Die’, which she wrote with Finneas, at the Oscars awards ceremony this Sunday (March 27).

The track is nominated for Best Original Song, competing against the likes of Beyoncé’s ‘Be Alive’ from the ‘King Richard’ soundtrack. Beyoncé is also due to perform.