The 1975 don’t seem to be too preoccupied with being cool, which is precisely what makes them exactly that. The Sound is the latest teaser from the band’s forthcoming album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.
Catchy title, mind.
But don’t let that put you off.
The song is pure pop perfection – a near-perfect mix of ‘edge’ and tween appeal that One Direction would kill to have recorded – with clever lyrics to boot. Singer Matt Healy, who is the son of Geordie actors Tim Healy and Denise Welch, croons about a “sycophantic, prophetic, Socratic junkie wannabe” with a pounding choral hook to make the girls (and looking at Healy, boys too) squeal: “I know when you’re around cause I know the sound of your heart”.
The 26-year-old front man has admitted the band is just as influenced by pop and R&B than the music of their rock contemporaries.
“I think one of the main reasons our band is so groove orientated is because our influences are from R and B and Soul. My Mum was big into Motown like Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Kim Weston and stuff like that while my Dad was massively into the Stones, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, so that all played a part.” With last single Love Me sounding like an 80s INXS/Duran Duran love-in, and now The Sound, shrouded in pretty keyboards and punchy strings, adding another shade, this is one 2016 album we just can’t wait for.
The Sound is available to buy and download now. Album I Love It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It is out February 24