ARTIST: THE 1975
ALBUM: I LIKE IT WHEN YOU SLEEP, FOR YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL YET SO UNAWARE OF IT
LABEL: DIRTY HIT
RELEASE DATE: 26 FEBRUARY 2016
The most ridiculously named album of the decade has arrived in the form of The 1975’s I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, and it’s bloody awesome.
From the very first song, the album feels as if the band have hijacked Doctor Who’s Tardis and travelled back to the 80s on a faraway planet – spacey and filled to the brim with synths and guitar riffs to rival INXS or Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Leading single from the album, ‘Love Me’, perfectly captures this with its catchy, springy funk guitar and earworm melody.
And it’s not just ’80s pop that seem to have influenced the album. From hypnotic ambient trance with the instrumental ‘Please Be Naked’, to ’90s R&B thrown with ‘UGH!’, and not to mention the gospel meets R&B meets jazz ‘I Believe In You’, the band prove that they’re not just a one-trick pony and are willing to change the face of music. And it’s working remarkably well.
‘A Change Of Heart’ sees the beginning of the band’s venture into a soppier side of their rock ‘n’ roll personas with it’s soft melody and slow, tantalising instrumental. However, halfway through the track, it feels as if the band have found an old keyboard from school and changed it to the random sounds setting with its Enya-style “Ooh’s” and random sounds. Luckily, the band make up for this atrocity with the other ballads on the album, particularly the heartbreakingly beautiful ‘Nana’ with lead singer Matt Healy’s tender vocals throughout the song portraying the full extent of his vocal depths.
The 1975 reach their peak on the album with ‘She’s American’, which features the band’s signature sound with it’s multi-layered indie guitar, reminiscent of the sound that launched the band into the limelight.
Recently talking to Billboard about the new record, lead-vocalist Matt Healy said that “the only mission statement was to make sure it was a distillation of anything we’d done before. I wanted to expand the world of the first record.” and by God have The 1975 done so. From it’s futuristic jazz, to revived ’80s pop, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It firmly places The 1975 at the forefront of pop culture.