Written and recorded in Los Angeles during lockdown, this ode to self-care finds Billie Eilish ready to put the past behind and excited about what's ahead of her. "I'm in love with my future, can't wait to meet her" the teenage songstress croons. The vibe is far more positive compared to the late-adolescent angst of her first album.
Eilish wrote the positive, soulful song with her producer/brother Finneas about a month into quarantine. It finds the singer reveling in her own company having "changed her plans" and isolated on her own. Eilish explained in an email to fans that the upbeat ballad reflects where her head was at the time: "hopeful" and "excited," having done a great deal "of self-reflection" and "self-growth."
Eilish expanded to Apple Music on how the lockdown inspired her to reexamine her feelings on loneliness and solitude. "I spent years and years relying on having someone - I could never be alone," she explained. "It's not something you'd think about being hard. But when you're in that alone zone, it's a new feeling. I feel like people - everything is about love. There's nothing that talks about how being alone is really powerful."
The ongoing worldwide turmoil resulting from the coronavirus pandemic added an extra layer of meaning to "My Future." Eilish encouraged her fans to remain optimistic despite the immense challenges brought on by the events of 2020.
"Our future as a world and as a people, it's crazy when you can get to a point in life where hope itself feels hopeless," she said. "It feels hopeless to hope for stuff. Should you even be wishing? Should you even be hopeful? It's like, is it even worth it? That's insane, but that's where we are at this point. We need the music. We need the hope."
The sibling duo wrote and recorded the song in just two days, which is much quicker than Eilish and Finneas usually manage The speedy turnaround was helped by Eilish nailing her vocal early in the process. The teenage pop star explained to Apple Music that she's normally a perfectionist with her singing and does hundreds of takes. "There was something about this one take that I did," Eilish explained, "and I was like, 'This is the only way that it can be.'"
Andrew Onorato created the positive pop song's animated music video. The Australian artist is known for his work on the TV movie Doomlands.
Billie Eilish gave the song its live debut on August 20, 2020, performing it at the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention accompanied by Finneas on keys.