FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016|
Posted by: Mike Montemarano
The 1975 have mastered their efforts to pioneer vintage sounding guitar work into something that's undeniably danceable while maintaining a level of intricacy and growth among all of the instruments involved in a way that makes every track engaging, exciting, and fresh. As a sophomore album, the group has taken a huge leap and landed gracefully due to having such a powerful dynamic.
The first riff of the opening track, "UGH!" speaks for itself with a catchy hook that sounds like a contemporary take on what made 80s synth pop so great in the first place. Adam Hann's lead guitar work in "She's American" showcases that the group is always willing to add sophisticated melodies to show that pop rockers can incorporate serious guitar work into the intent to make a dance track.
It's hard to pinpoint the album as being cohesive however, with no one particular idea tying I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It together, but the album has a way of invigorating a dark, youthful melancholy in a way that is refreshing and ungrounded in any other works.
It's fun to hear a band with vintage sounds take on the demands of what The 1975 pulls off so well, that being that every song seems succinct, crisp, and absolutely to the point. Every song has a place exactly where it is and gets straight to the point while feeling complete. Every song is danceable while having a self-aware and fun theme that embellishes the witty and often melancholic nature of the music.
"If I Believe You" showcases the way that the group can add a weird sadness to a very old-school gospel backdrop that they combine with experimental and jumpy sorts of tempos and guitar effects to create chaos in a song that would otherwise seem very collected. There's a dissonance thrust into songs like these to add a twist to what would otherwise be cliche sounds.
Matthew Healy represents the frontman who has found his niche and pushed it to an exploratory place that truly exemplifies who he is. His raspy voice and presence add the trademark to every 1975 song that the instrumentalists embellish with their interpretive and profound look at adding experimental and wacky sounds to more traditional-sounding styles. The song "Love Me" is packed with eerie synths and wild guitar solos that have a way of catching one's ear. In "The Ballad Of Me And My Brain," Healy's voice comes to the forefront as he truly doesn't hold back in straining his voice to the limits.
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It takes the group's style all over the place and strives in a ton of different directions all at once. From funky dance tracks, to booming, melancholic tones, and even venturing to some truly unexpected genres like chillwave, The 1975 have a capacity to immerse themselves in a ton of different worlds, and it's completely unpredictable what they'll try out next. They haphazardly speed things up and slow things down, but despite jumping straight into something new with such spontaneity they wear each sound quite well.