Finneas O’Connell, better known professionally as just FINNEAS, is quickly becoming a household name in the alternative music world. His solo songs, film scores, and work as a record producer have created some of the most iconic music of the past decade. Some of his most famous productions are albums he worked on alongside his younger sister, Billie Eilish, but his solo songs are definitely not ones to skip.
His independent albums Blood Harmony (2019) and Optimist (2021) are FINNEAS’ way of proving he can hold his own as a songwriter and musician, using his lyrics to comment on current events, forget exes, and celebrate new love. If you’re not already familiar with FINNEAS, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with five of his essential tracks to add to your playlist now.
A single released in February 2019, ‘Claudia’ is a feel-good track about FINNEAS’ real-life long-term partner that could easily become your new song of the summer. It’s nothing short of a love song, describing his head-over-heels crush on a girl with an upbeat synth backing track to keep you dancing. The way he describes his gf’s “emerald eyes” makes it obvious where his sister gets her inspo from! ‘Claudia’ is a must-add to any playlist that needs a boost of optimism.
‘The Kids Are All Dying’
‘The Kids Are All Dying’ comes from FINNEAS’ second studio album Optimist, serving as a more mellow cut for this list. The lyrics about the exhaustion of existing in the modern day contrast with the perky backing track, which sets a strong rhythm and makes you want to bop your head along. Any heavy topic that’s discussed on the news from day to day, Finneas has covered in this political song. If you need someone to relate to when the news has you bummed out, he’s got your back.
‘Naked’ is a good old-fashioned breakup song about dealing with a spiteful ex. It’s a must-listen if you’re wondering what you ever saw in that certain someone, or if you just need a song to sing along to in the shower. For enjoyers of his sister’s song ‘Happier Than Ever,’ consider ‘Naked’ a companion track that can be blasted just as loud.
‘Let’s Fall in Love for the Night’
Much more than a cheesy love song, ‘Let’s Fall in Love for the Night’ is a fun track that comes off of FINNEAS’ debut album, Blood Harmony. His jazzy vocals and catchy acoustic guitar melody make this song one worthy of any upbeat playlist. We’ll definitely be blasting this with the windows down all summer long!
‘Nobody Like U’
A Pixar movie soundtrack is probably the least likely thing you’d expect to see on this list, but FINNEAS has truly done it all! Pixar’s Turning Red is already one of 2022’s most successful films, and FINNEAS was one of the iconic names that contributed to the film’s fictional boyband 4*TOWN. His voice is instantly recognizable among the mix, and this song is guaranteed to become the next Disney earworm. We’re still wishing this pop band existed IRL so we can hear more!