Billie Flynn has shared her heartbreakingly candid new single, ‘Forever Goodbye’, along with an affecting video directed by Andy Morgan (The 1975, Rag ’N’ Bone Man, Birdy). It’s the final song from her debut EP Hey Stranger, which arrived last week via Gabrielle Aplin’s Never Fade Records.
Though the EP as a whole focuses on a significant loss that occurred during Billie’s teenage years, ‘Forever Goodbye’ addresses this loss the most directly. Singing in her trademark breathy, hushed vocal over delicate piano, she relays the touches and smells that instantly bring her back to that loss, leaving her overcome with a rush of grief. The accompanying video replays the same scene over and over nodding to the never-ending cycle of grief, each time though the celluloid film, which the video is shot on, becomes increasingly more grainy and degraded, representing the pain of memories fading over time.
Speaking about the song, Billie said: “It’s when you realise that this goodbye is going to be the last one, and that all of these places and smells will always be tainted with the memory of that person, be it a good or bad memory”
Recorded between her home studio in Cornwall and remotely during lockdown with producer JMAC (Luz, Matilda Mann, Rosie Carney, Haux), the EP, Hey Stranger, is the first showcase of Billie’s evocative and stark sound, reminiscent of the dramatic Cornish landscape that surrounds her. Flynn’s luminous, hushed vocal is restorative like an intake of sea air, while the subtle synth-laden soundscapes add a hypnotic glimmer.