For those who know me well, they know that I am obsessed with music.
I’m really into listening to music as well as playing music, and going to concerts is an activity I wholeheartedly enjoy. Back in the day, when I was less bogged down with schoolwork and real-life responsibilities, I was always looking around for new music and I was always exploring different genres. Unfortunately, now I don’t have the time to do that. The last band that I found through my explorations two years ago, The 1975, is easily one of the greatest musical blessings to me. They recently released their sophomore album, titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, which is easily one of the most brilliant albums I have ever heard in my whole entire life.
To start out, for those of you who are unfamiliar with their genius, they’re a British alternative band (and they’re literally the best). They released their self-titled album in 2013 after a series of EPs, and it was also pretty great – it’s what sold me on them in the first place.
This new album is amazing, and they took a lot of elements from the 80s – there’s a lot of saxophones and a lot of synth involved. The highlights on the album are easily “She’s American,” which makes me feel like I was put into a cannon projected into outer space to float around with the stars, “The Sound,” which is one of the album’s singles and is one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard in addition to being one of the most lyrically developed songs I’ve ever come across, and “If I Believe in You,” which is a soulful song about the vocalist’s struggle with religion and his atheism.
The album also has a few instrumental tracks. I thought that “Please Be Naked,” one of the instrumental songs, would be something frustrated and edgy, but it actually gives me a nostalgic feeling and is really slow and beautiful, with the track being dominated by the piano.
Personally, my favorite tracks are the last three on the album – and there are seventeen tracks, so it’s very hard to pick which ones I like the best. “Paris” is also very lyrically deep, and I’m obsessed. One of the reasons I’m so into this band is because the lyrics to each song are very developed and somewhat out of the ordinary. “Nana” is a beautiful tribute to the vocalist’s deceased grandmother, and it makes my heart swell and my eyes fill up with tears. The last song, “She Lays Down,” is a stripped-down acoustic song about cocaine addiction, and it’s very out of the ordinary for the 1975 to have something so raw like that.
I would highly recommend this band to anyone – and I do it all the time because I cannot stop talking about it. The first time I heard it was when I got the automatic download from iTunes on my phone, and I laid in my bed in the dark and listened to the whole thing from start to finish and felt like I was having an out-of-body experience because it was THAT GOOD. I’m obsessed.
For anyone in the area, they’ll be at Barclays Center in May! I will 100% be there – I already have tickets – and I’m prepared for it to be one of the best shows of my life. Now drop everything you’re doing and go listen to it now.