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The 1975 - It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)

When it comes to the sound that inspired so many of their peers, nobody else does it quite as well as The 1975.
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The 1975 - It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
Published: 7:30 pm, October 18, 2018Words: Stephen Ackroyd.

Ladies and gentlemen, The 1975.

For four songs, the planet's buzziest indie-popsters have played against all expectations. From scrappy 'zinecore art-rock to defiant sociopolitical firebrands, via tropical pop and woodland jazz, they've channelled a spectrum of disparate influences through their concentrated prism. Each one was definitively them - part of a cohesive journey fueled by ambition - but in the same breath was something entirely different.

But now, with the third single proper and fifth track to arrive from the forthcoming 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships', The 1975 are back pulling those signature moves once more - and it's brilliant. While 'Love It If We Made It' deserves its place in any song of the year runoff, and 'TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME' is every inch the radio-friendly bop, the neon-hued dry ice of 'It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)' is a band inhabiting their own skin.

In truth, 'It's Not Living...' could have come straight from either of the band's previous records. That's not a sign of limitation or a suggestion of standing still - after what's come before, how could it be? - but rather a defiant statement that, when it comes to the sound that inspired so many of their peers, nobody else does it quite as well as The 1975.

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