Like last-year's "Crybaby," ABRA's got another lo-fi bop that borrows from freestyle music's frantic nature. Blending the verses of Jagged Edge's "Where The Party At" and the chorus of Lumidee's "Never Leave You," the Awful Records signee shows love to early 2000s, but she's stripped the tracks of their sheen and, per her "Darkwave Duchess" nickname, has backed them with a moody beat. According to the singer, its inspiration? "LETS GET BACK TO HAVIN FUN WITH OUR ART XOXO."
When we spoke to Billie Eilish last month, we discussed making commiserating music, songwriting in-character, self-love and insecurities, and the emphatic "alternative trap" sound she developed on her debut, don't smile at me. On "bitches broken hearts," her first output since the EP's release, Eilish fine-tunes the trademark relatability that has made her a new individualistic and inarguable force in music. Over a slow and simmering beat comprised of enveloping electronic keys, pitch-shifted echoes, brassy percussive ticks, and interrupting excerpts of a noisy crowd, Eilish tells a tale of unrequited love but, true to form, she's the one who's being pined after: "You can pretend you don't miss me / You can pretend you don't care / All you wanna do is kiss me / Oh, what a shame I'm not there / What is it you want? / You can lie, but I know that you're not fine / Every time you talk / It's all about me, but you swear I'm not on your mind."