By The 1975
The 1975, indie-alternative band released their self-titled album in September 2013, but they are still creating a stir with their upbeat electro, pop-rock sound. Their EPs such as 'Facedown' and 'Music For Cars', showcased what they can do, but will their self-titled debut live up to the expectations?
The first few songs such as 'The City', 'M.O.N.E.Y' and 'Chocolate' have a mix of soft pop, heavy drums and a syncopated rhythm. 'Chocolate' is the song most of us know this upcoming band from, with its catchy guitar hooks and clap along beats; Matt Healy's unique vocals and crystal clear tone had us listening to this one for months.
The song 'Sex' does live up to its name, exploring themes of lust and love. Mixed with powerful guitar lines and drum-filled brilliance, composed with Matthew Healy's vocals, this can only really be fully appreciated in a massive stadium to do this song justice.
'Robbers' with their newly released video takes on a calmer version of the band, the first track like this on the album. It's got a heavy reverb and with the beautiful, smooth yet harmonic vocals combined with the deep emotional lyrics, certainly makes it a favourite. The next song up is 'Girls', upbeat dance-rock with a strong attitude, again showing The 1975's talent.
Definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album is 'Menswear'. It has a soft, trippy atmosphere in the first minute of the song, with no lyrics, just snippets of the auto-tuned vocals. It then bursts into life, 2 minutes into the song; I'd say it's much more modern R&B then the rest of the album. The short two verses of 'Menswear' have a hidden comical meaning, making this song even more fascinating.
The last song on the album 'Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You' has a different feel to every track on the album. A soft ballad, stripped of any backing synth or electro-pop sounds. Matt Healy's standalone vocals with the piano make this track beautifully bare.
For me, I think this album is one of the best of 2013. Mixing 80's funk, electro-pop and indie rock, making this album a warm, yet feet tapping original sound.
Watch Robbers below and catch The 1975 at Leeds Festival in August.