The 1975 have shared yet another single from their forthcoming record, 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships'.
Titled 'It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)', the anthemic synth-pop number is the fifth release from the upcoming album and premiered as the Hottest Record on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on Thursday. The album was previously teased by the tracks 'Give Yourself A Try', 'Love It If We Made It', 'TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME' and 'Sincerity Is Scary'.
The new song unloads more of the band's typical sugary, slightly-askew pop and is packed with sparkling synths, jangly guitars and a chorus of voices backing frontman Matt Healey as he sings about "collapsing veins" and "beautiful shoes"!
As usual, the track smashes together cheerful melodies with grim lyrical themes, with Healy touching upon themes of unrequited love (as the title suggests) and substance abuse as a coping mechanism, something The 1975 have already referenced in their previously released singles.
“I can’t stop sweating or control my feet,” Healy sings. “I’ve got a twenty-stone monkey that I just can’t beat/ I can stage a situation but I just can’t eat/ There’s a feeling you’re replacing embrace/ And it’s true that all I do is sit and think about you.”
Listen to 'It's Not Living (If It's Not Without You)' below:
In an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Healy called 'It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)' “the 1975-iest 1975 song since the 1975 debut record.”
He added, “This has got a lot of our identity in it. It kind of takes me back a little bit, but it’s still quite forward thinking.”
Last week, the band released a politically charged music video for their early single 'Love It If We Made It'. Check out the music video here.
'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' follows the 1975’s much-lauded 2016 sophomore record, the wordily titled 'I Like it When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.'
It marks the band's third studio effort and is due out on November 30 via Interscope.