The 1975 continue to evolve with the release of their new single “Part Of The Band.” The song will be included on their new album Being Funny In A Foreign Language which is set for release this fall.
Don’t expect a return to the synth-pop vibe of previous releases like Notes On A Conditional Form. Frontman Matt Healy plays acoustic guitar and the band is backed by a string section and dueling saxophones. The lyrical content is introspective and a little bit snarky. And when you combine these elements, it just works.
The 1975 huddled up at Real World Studios in Wiltshire, United Kingdom, and Electric Lady Studios in New York City to record. Production duties were handled by Matthew Healy, George Daniel, and Jack Antonoff. Antonoff is known for his work with Bleachers and fun. and has produced a number of high-profile songs/albums in recent years. Consequence recently ranked 247 songs he’s produced (from worst to best) and that can be viewed here.
Music Video Debuts
The accompanying black and white music video has a cinematic feel. Opening with the band walking through a field off in the distance, the performance begins shortly thereafter. Directed by Samuel Bradley, it appears influenced by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s work. As an astute Youtube commenter remarked, in particular, The Seventh Seal.
The 1975 formed in 2002 and Being Funny In A Foreign Language is their fifth studio album. The band features Healy on guitar/vocals, Adam Hann on lead guitar, Ross MacDonald on bass and George Daniel on drums.
Sometimes when a band takes a chance and defies fan expectations it doesn’t work. That’s not the case here as “Part Of The Band” feels like the right direction for the band. We’re excited to see what’s in store on the other 10 tracks.
Tracklist: Being Funny In A Foreign Language
- The 1975
- Looking For Somebody (To Love)
- Part Of The Band
- Oh Caroline
- I’m In Love With You
- All I Need To Hear
- Human Too
- About You
- When We Are Together
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