The bossa nova is a jazz-tinged Brazilian music style that evolved from samba in the mid-20th Century. Characterized by a smooth feel, it is more complex harmonically than samba and less percussive. In Portuguese, "bossa nova" literally translates as "new trend" or "new wave."
Penned by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes and first recorded by Joao Gilberto in 1957, "Chega de Saudade
" is widely regarded as the first recorded bossa nova song. Six years later, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl From Ipanema
" became the first bossa nova single to achieve international popularity.
Here, over a bossa nova beat created by her brother Finneas, Billie Eilish sings of sneaky romantic rendezvous in hotel rooms.