After already having co-written and produced an album hitting number 14 on Billboard 200 without being the face behind the music, Finneas released his first personal album, Blood Harmony, Friday, October 4th. Whether you know him as the older brother of Billie Eillish, lead singer/songwriter of The Slightlys or even Alistair from Glee, this album invites us into a space that is just his own. Writing and producing each song in this album gives an authentic impression of who Finneas O’Connell is as an artist.
This seven-song album addresses all the hard topics and the thoughts we keep close to our hearts. Beginning his first song, “I Lost a Friend” with a light piano that allows his resonating bass to stand out and carries the weight of words that we can feel the solemnity.
Not often do we listen to music about amicable love and loss. The lyric “made a little too much money to be 20 and sad” addresses the idea that someone has to have a right to be sad. Finneas’ already well-known production skills build not only this song but the entire album with overlapping effects slowly and intentionally layering vocals and creating harmonies.
“I Don’t Miss You at All” gives off a lackadaisical feeling of letting go of someone with no regret. Though the lyrics switch from not caring to the few moments of thinking about them. Halfway through Finneas songs about those moments before seemingly snapping out of it and convincing himself, “someday I won’t miss you at all” the battle of inner thoughts and what he wants to and feel at well represented through the rounded musical transitions supporting his lyrics.
Even without lyrics, “Partners in Crime” places you in a movie scene sunset reflecting after the pinnacle moment. After introducing the melody, it becomes subdued behind the lyrics to then later return clear and intense which fills the space in between the story being told. The repetitive guitar melody is catchy but becomes more interesting when the chime-like effects are layered over the same guitar melody halfway. As a personal favorite, this song exemplifies music made more than the average singer-songwriter sentiment but with production interwoven into the instruments throughout.