What You Need To Know - February 26, 2016

The 1975’s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it - What You Need To Know
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The 1975’s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it - What You Need To Know

The 1975 return today with their much-anticipated second album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it and here is everything you need to know about it in our exclusive preview…

 

What’s The Background?

The 1975 tour hard, very hard. They played a colossal 203 shows during 2014, 23 up from the 180 they played the year before, even in 2015 when they were supposed to be focused on recording the album they still managed to fit in 41, which is a whole touring cycle to plenty of bands.

It’s for this reason that an album originally destined to come out in 2015 ended up hitting shelves today and over three years after their self-titled debut album.

 

Who’s Producing It?

They might be a much bigger deal this time round and doubtless possessing a much bigger recording budget, but they’ve kept things pretty much the same for the making of the album. Mike Crossley, who has produced their self-titled debut is back and has kept the same slinky, light touch sound throughout the recording.

 

Any Special Guests?

None at all. Just the four of them.

 

What Does It Sound Like?

This is an album with both its feet firmly planted in the finest moments of 1980’s pop. ‘Love Me’ is an angular, driving slice of INXS fuelled pop, while ‘UGH’ has the groove that backs Duran Duran’s biggest moments.

There are slower moments too, particularly ‘A Change Of Heart’ and ‘Somebody Else’, which has the same haunting melancholy that stalked their debut album, the sort of tunes that you can imagine filtering through in the scenes in a classic teen movie where the romantic leads have some serious thinking to do.

‘She’s American’ is pure China Girl David Bowie, while ‘The Sound’ is a throbbing dancefloor filler that Huey Lewis would be immensely proud of.

There are couple of longer ones too, like ‘If I Believe You’ and ‘Lostmyhead', which are mournful, meandering wanders, tracks which probably lean more on the expansive R&B like Frank Ocean and D’Angelo have made their own in the past couple of years.

In short, if someone wants to sit down and write the script for a romantic teen comedy set firmly in 1980s middle America then The 1975 have already written the soundtrack.

 

What’s The Album’s Highlight?

‘She’s American’, it’s got a ridiculously catchy riff, disco drums and a delightful chorus.

 

Does It Deliver?

The first thing to say is this a long listen, really long. It’s not quite a prog rock record, but at almost 74 minutes, if you want the full experience. That was probably to be expected given the title though…

It’s a varied listen, some of the tracks, like ‘The Sound’ and ‘She’s American’ are instantaneous, catchy tunes that will stick in your head straight away, the rest are slower burners, the kind that will take multiple listens, but multiple listens that you should give it.

Now, someone get cracking on that script...


The 1975’s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it is out now and available to purchase here.

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
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