1975 dares too much. Led by vocalist and lyricist Matty Healy, this quartet has made its name to the brand an irresistible abundance throughout the decade: musical, referential, emotional, all. Did Healy pop the pill, lick coke, and turn the revolver before lifting a convenience store and getting shot in the torso – but ended alright! —In the video for "Robbers" the initial hit? He did. Are they fancy titles I like it when you sleep, because you are so beautiful but don't realize it on their second album because it's the only thing that is quite grandiose to match the kiss mix of sunblast synthesizers, plastic guitars, and millennial neuroses? Of course. And do they use their new LP, Short Inquiry into Online Relations, with a 24-page manifesto that includes bead strokes ("THIS IDEA HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE"), Healy images stroking a dog while in the toilet, and technobobic surveys of our contemporary groupings about an existence that conclude: "THE LEFT AND RIGHT GROWTH MANY APARTS BUT YOU CAN JUST CLICK & # 39; ADD TO RUN. & # 39; "Yes, yes, and more, yes. Until unlimited.
Excessive riots can cause ordinary observers to think: Who are they thinking about? This makes sense. But that's also the wrong direction. Because 1975 was a very absurd band for an unreasonable time. Healy is the spokesman for their generation – men who have never met a contradiction that cannot be fully inhabited, to withstand the effects.
29 years is a pop star who is crazy about and embarrassed by pop stars. He would play his charismatic part on the stage or in an interview and then immediately whip himself for doing so, because his unbroken inner monologue was fighting in his skull. Five years ago, in an effort to calm his brain, he turned to heroin, and then to rehabilitation, and now is a former addict who is wary of the cliché glamor of rock roll he has lived on. He is always online and constantly worried about what he does to our sense of ourselves, our humanity. He hates Trump but knows that talking about hating Trump is boring. He was the son of two British TV stars who, in his youth, were treated to ordinary family visits by people like Sting; He also once said, with a smile, that "his biggest fear was" becoming Sting. "He is an atheist who believes in things called love.
All of this curiosity is played spectacularly Short investigation. The album is similar to its predecessor in an unlimited sense of style, turning from Afrobeats to brushed-snare jazz ballads to one track that sounds like a remix of the traps of the Bon Iver ayahuasca trip. But vice versa I like it when you sleep sometimes it can be a sign that is too smart and difficult, Short investigation, produced almost entirely by Healy and drummer George Daniel, more directed. Take the Bon Iver type freakout, "I Like America & America Likes Me," where Healy's voice turns into an Auto-Tuned slogan, adbot on the fritz. But listen carefully and the bionic seizures begin to sound like meter readings from people who move too fast to process anything in a meaningful way. "Am I a liar ?! / Will this help me lie down ?!" Healy shouted, too shaken to stop for answers, too wired to take a nap. It is not possible to know exactly where the sound actually ends and where the effects are digitized continuously.
When it came to the larger scope of 1975-filtering in a culture that deteriorated along with personal-album people it hits a scary peak with "Love It If We Made It." This is a rare Anthem for Our Time that really gets the job done: It holds the mirror until our collective face is so close that you can see your breath on it. When the giant drum cleared the road in front of him, Healy imitated endless scrolls, where the refugees died and the dead rapper all slid at the same time. He rewrote one of the damned tweets this year— "Thank you, Kanye, it's so cool!"—For one of the best lyrics of the year, in turn put Ye's pirated status at the moment as nothing more than flotsam for the spinning news cycle. Healy repeated the title of the song with a rather optimistic hook, but his panting delivery told a different story. The song ends with a staccato string that reminds the clock cruelly to indicate seconds.
According to Short investigation, if there is some kind of solution to our modern apocalyptic difficulties, this involves stepping out, risking heartbreak, and looking for connections outside the screen. However, Healy was the first to admit that this was more difficult than before: The only wedding album was presented as a warning story, read by Siri, about a troll who fell in love with the internet. "The Man Who Married a Robot" acts as a cunning sequel to "Fitter Happier," Radiohead's nightmare, a sounding nightmare from OK Computer. It sits on a dusty piano board bed, like the crazy parody of desperate Facebook ads trying to get you in again. In the end, the troll died. No internet.
The 1975 members began playing together in their teens as an emo band, and they were still interested in squeezing impeccable feelings from everything they touched. These are the threads that underlie even the most dubious of their experiments, and make their dilettantism more than a series of actions. At first, with a sparkling synth and a slow tempo, "I Couldn't Be More in Love" looked like a pure 80s schmaltz, something that Michael Bolton might have among cruise ship rides. However, instead of enjoying music around him, Healy regarded it as a challenge and changed his roughest appearance in the entire album. Recorded the day before he entered rehab late last year, his vocals fell apart when he regretted the end of a four-year relationship with the panic of a fallen pilot. When he roared, "How about it this feeling I have? "Sounds like an element, perfecting the emo core is something that is booming and new.
This album was bookends by several songs that offered some comfort that was hard to win while nodding to the hometown of Manchester band and the life they had led there. "Give Yourself a Try" is all pinched guitars and static drums, saluting fellow Joy Joy Division and their singer, Ian Curtis, who committed suicide at 23. On the song, Healy looks back at what he did, what he can have done better, and what he will do is different from being given the opportunity. He also mentioned a fan aged 16 in 1975 who took his own life. "Will you not try it yourself?" He asked sweetly, repeatedly.
Short investigation ended with "I Always Want to Die (Sometimes)," the song most revived in 1975 until now. His familiar theatric pump-pressure reminds Glastonbury of the strength of one of Manchester's most impressive bands, Oasis. But this is more than just an award. Healy took the broad ambition and excitement of classic Oasis songs and turned them inward, with words that recognized the courage needed to just go through the day – words that could only come from him. "There is no point in buying concrete shoes / I will refuse," he sings, firmly, before releasing one more request: "If you cannot survive; just try it. "Life becomes her.