It's been 3 years since we last heard from The 1975, and there was speculation that the band were on hiatus due to lack of news. Then the band started leaking imagery on social media. Late last year, it become pretty clear the band was about to announce something of note.
The 1975 have often been pegged as "just another one of those British Pop bands", this record firmly declare that's not the case. "i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it", (the ridiculously long title to the new record) is something special. It starts off with a punch, with loud, energetic pop anthems that are sure to get people dancing. Tracks like "UGH!" and "Love Me" conjure comparisons to Duran Duran or even Michael Jackson. That's what makes this band, and specifically this record, so special. They blend genres with such ease you'll be wondering if it's the same record. From the 80's inspired pop anthems to the slow, shoegaze ballads. It's curious, then, why the chose The 1975 as their name and not The 1985 since they seem to be so obsessed with that era of music.
Matt Healy, the vocalist and mastermind behind the group, is open with his influences. "Everything's been done", he says, the focus here isn't to reinvent (or invent) any genre, but to perfect the different musical styles.
At 17 tracks, "i like it when you sleep..." could almost be considered a double album. That's possibly the biggest detractor from the record itself; it feels just a bit too long, with some tracks a little too similar to others, while other tracks like "Loving Someone" seem to drag on and wear out its welcome.
It's been a long wait for new music from The 1975 and this record does not disappoint. It's an early release, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this record on most "Best Of" lists by the end of the year.