The 1975's 'If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)': '80s-inspired 'masterpiece' strikes a chord with its online romance
The 1975 have unveiled a new song titled 'If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)' off their upcoming album 'Notes on a Conditional Form', with its accompanying live music video on April 23. The Manchester-based pop-rock band will release the new studio LP on May 22.
The band debuted the song in February on their 2020 tour in support of 'Notes on a Conditional Form', as they trekked through the UK and made stops in Nottingham, Leeds and London, among other places. The track comes as one of several songs off the LP, which follows their third studio album 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships'.
In the black and white video, 'If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)' opens like a celestial curtain of music with echoed guitar picking to angelic FKA Twigs vocals as the band begins lining their backs to the wall of an empty white room. You can tell the band drew inspiration from the '80s as a synthpop melody kicks in, with even a Kenny G-tipped saxophone solo towards the end. The 1975 vocalist, Matty Healy, sings about the "girl of your dreams" and his hesitance to call her as he sees her online.
With next-to-no negative comments, it seems every 1975 fan on Twitter is enjoying the song's feel-good vibe. "Thank you, you f***ing legends," says a fan while another wrote, "Thank u for making us all so happy x (sic)." Numerous fans described the song as "iconic" and a "masterpiece" while one fan called it "genius." As many poured their "love" out for the song, one fan wrote, "a literal work of art." A fan also deemed the song as "ecstasy to my ears" during the quarantine era. "Been on repeat ever since it came out," shared one happy fan.
The 1975 collaborated with Phoebe Bridgers and performed a duet of 'Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America' early this month. Bridgers was scheduled to open for the band's North American tour before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rolling Stone.
Healy also spoke about the band's life in quarantine during an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac that aired on April 23. The 1975 and a few members from their label Dirty Hit are in a studio during quarantine where Healy reveals they are working on a new album. He says, "It’s been natural but it’s been productive,” adding, “To be honest with you, I think we’re gearing up for probably another record and it’s not gonna be like ‘If You’re Too Shy.'”