What to expect from The 1975
The 1975 seem to have completely mastered the art of building up anticipation for their newest project.
The Manchester-based band have spent the past year hinting at the release of their new album, teasing fans by gradually revealing more details in the past few months. In early September they confirmed the title of this new project, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.
From the get-go it seems that this new album will cover similar territory to their 2016 album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it: we can expect more musings on relationships, intimacy versus estrangement, emotional honesty, insecurity, pain, etc. Indeed, lead singer Matt Healy in an interview stated that the band’s first three albums were ‘the story of a person’, each describing different stages in his life – and that this new album is an embodiment of where the band is now.
The band has released the track list for their album as well as a few choice songs since last July, the most recent being two weeks ago with ‘It’s Not Living if it’s Not With You’. From these tracks, ‘TOOTIMETOOTIME’ and ‘Sincerity Is Scary’ stand out with a slightly different sound to their usual. TOOTIMETOOTIME is slightly more autotuned than seems necessary (speaking as a very big fan of Matt Healy’s voice), and definitely a more dance-y and detached vibe than other tracks. ‘Sincerity is Scary’ is strikingly different in its very jazzy mellow sound, and the bringing in of a choir for the chorus which seems almost incongruous – but somehow seems to come together.
The other tracks seem to blend together more in their similarity to The 1975’s past albums, characterized by Matt Healy’s communicating of a range of emotional confusion over a constant roar of electric guitar, while maintaining a certain distance preventing him from overdoing it or sounding insincere. ‘Give Yourself A Try’ brings a tinge of optimism and anticipation, and ‘Love it If We Made It’ stands out mostly due to the slightly confusing line ‘And poison me Daddy/I’ve got the Jones right through my bones’.
Overall, we can expect The 1975 will continue to do what they are best at, producing music that is dance-able but with plenty of opportunities for moping and reflection, with occasional lapses into more obviously purely dance music and slightly random jazz touches.
The full album was supposed to be released on the 30th of November – and we’re still waiting as the suspense builds…