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Self-love, alienation, aggression and more in this week's new music

Amaal: Not What I Thought Setting a break-up ballad against the bleak, beautiful landscapes of Iceland always seems to yield success. Toronto-based Amaal does so in “Not What I Thought,” to striking result. Director Sean Brown casts intimate close-ups against shots of sheer alienation. A mood is built through the visuals that complements Amaal’s vocal grace. The track is the recording artist’s first from a forthcoming EP. …

Billie Eilish: When I Was Older (Music Inspired By The Film Roma)

Inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s breathtaking (and Netflix-distributed) film Roma, sad-pop sensation Billie Eilish’s “When I Was Older” delicately addresses alienation. Over a beat that murmurs like a heart under duress, the track’s lyrics bleed slippery, auto-tuned pools of humanity. It’s another captivating glimpse of Eilish’s vision prior to the release of her debut LP.